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Computing HNC

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    2 years part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK/EU:

    Part Time: £5,800 for 80 credits

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

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This introductory course has been designed for those wishing to expand their current skills and understanding with the potential to continue your studies to gain a full undergraduate degree. Our courses are industry focused and have been developed to fit around your working life.

Updated 14/08/2020


  • Part-time flexible study.
  • Progression courses available.
  • Industry focused.

Course Content

  • This programme is split into two stages each taking one year, part-time, to complete. Each stage will explore new areas of computing and expand your skills within a variety of areas. You will undertake individual and group work to enhance your communication, research and presentation skills. You will also explore the use of computer networks as well as the development of databases and operating systems to meet the needs of specific users.

    To gain the HNC qualification you must complete eight compulsory modules to a total of 160 credits and it may be possible for you to progress onto the HND or BSc (Hons) qualifications at the University of Northampton on completion of this course.

  • How will I be taught on Computing HNC?

    Within the programme, you will undertake a wide variety of practical activities and encounter problems that help support and develop your theoretical learning. The analysis of issues is an important tool within the computing industry as well as the ability to investigate solutions and apply them in new ways. You will develop your expertise using a range of technical practical skills and you will also enhance your statistical and analytical methodology to review situations fast and provide possible solutions.

    How will I be assessed?

    A wide range of assessment is used including essays, reports and end of stage examinations.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer could be 40 UCAS tariff points. In addition to standard entry requirements, applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C or above. Previous experience of computing is desirable. We welcome international applicants and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Part Time: £5,800 for 80 credits

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Part Time: £5,600 for 80 credits

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Careers and Employability

Many graduates have entered into a number of different computing areas including computer systems hardware development, computer networking, software development and internet technology. Alternatively, graduates have progressed onto the HND and BSc (Hons) programmes at the university.
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