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Computing HND

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    204G

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    2 years full time

  • Starting:

    Sept

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Overview


This course has been temporarily suspended for this year, but we welcome applications for September 2021.

This programme takes a diverse approach to a range of ideas within the computing industry, to give you the opportunity to develop innovative solutions or improvements to current issues in the computing business. Computing, as an industry, is growing and evolving rapidly and is integral to daily lives and businesses. Therefore we give you the chance to investigate the wide reaching influences that computers and computing technology have on the world, making your town contributions and finding your place in this industry.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Updated 14/08/2020

Highlights


Course Content


  • You will initially cover the fundamental principles that are key to computing technology and its various uses, such as computer systems, communications, problem solving, programming and web technologies.

    Your first year will focus on fundamental principles such as computer systems, communications, problem solving, programming and web technologies. In the second year you can choose to follow one of our specialist HND pathways or continue to study a range of topics from a number of computing disciplines, allowing you diverse employment options when you graduate.

    You will complete a group project in the second year, where you will be part of a small design team working to produce an innovative and bespoke solution to a real-world challenge.

    • Module code: CSY1014
      Status: Compulsory
      This module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer system. Modern computer systems not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of peripherals. The module gives an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer systems.Learning environments are offered to enable students to gain a basic comprehension understanding and appreciation of computer system concepts and technologies and the skills to use them to the best effect
    • Module code: CSY1017
      Status: Compulsory
      This module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer communication. Modern computer network not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of network devices. The module gives: an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer communication; appropriate practical skills related to computer networking; a comprehensive and broad understanding of the theory of computer networking.
    • Module code: CSY1018
      Status: Compulsory
      This purpose of this (Level 4) module is to give students an understanding of client side web technologies. This module provides students with: the essential knowledge and practical skills to design develop and implement a Web site to contenporary web standard; an overview of the Internet technologies the overall software architecture of the Internet including servers clients browsers is covered leading to the use of a Web server to install maintain and publish Web Pages to achieve Web presence; standard client side dynamic web development environment such as HTML Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript are covered in detail.
    • Module code: CSY1019
      Status: Compulsory
      The module will introduce students to the Software Engineering lifecycle. Focusing on: investigating a problem domain eliciting software requirements preparing a requirement specification document performing system design and presenting them to clients; introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to implement solutions; use of a high level programming language to implement algorithms; a late-objects approach will be adopted to teach programming.
    • Module code: CSY1020
      Status: Compulsory
      This purpose of this module is to: introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to solve problems in computing; to develop essential skills to enable the solution of these problems with the construction of appropriate algorithms and a computer program; introduce principles underlying the design of a high level programming language (HLPL); gain experience and confidence in the use of a HLPL to implement algorithms; implement HLPL programs using an appropriate programming language e.g. Java; introduce an object-oriented language initially as a non-object language.
    • Module code: CSY1026
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is ?to understand and apply the principles of database integrity in the design and practical development of database structures.Databases 1 is a hands-on module that applies data modelling techniques to establish modify and maintain database integrity and data structures and associated components such as entities relationships and attribute definitions.
  • How will I be taught on Computing HND?

    You will be taught through a variety of activities and problem-solving challenges, so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Being able to analyse problems, design appropriate solutions that meet all the requirements and critically evaluate them are skills that are highly valued in the computing industry. You will develop your expertise using a combination of theoretical and highly practical approaches with assist of our learning platforms and technologies, enhance your statistical and analytical skills to review situations quickly, and develop sensible solutions within a given time frame.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through a wide range of assessment methods such as assignment, practical lab tasks, technical report and essay writing, time-constraint test, and year-end examination. etc. Among all, assignment is the most adopted approach, which usually allows students plenty of time to research information and develop appropriate solution(s) to the assigned task(s). After each assessment, you will be given feedback in a timely fashion for continuous improvement throughout the course.

    Are there any specialist facilities and features?

    • Acquisition of highly relevant vocational skills – CISCO, Microprocessors, O-O Programming, Prince2
    • Exciting career opportunities: GE, HMGCC.
    • Up-to-date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories.
    • Exclusive 24/7 access to a specialist laboratory.
    • An emphasis on practical learning to reinforce academic underpinnings in specialist laboratories – Robots.
    • A supportive approach to tuition with small classroom (≤100) and laboratory (≤20) sizes.
    • Student Support Initiative – Year 2 students mentor Year 1 students.
    • Computing Society – the largest Student Union’s Society
  • Standard Entry requirements apply. A typical offer could be DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    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.

  • UK & EU

    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.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 (per 20 credit module)

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry

    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.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 (per 20 credit module)

    International

    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.

    International: £12,900

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.

    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.

    International: £12,500

  • This course allows you to progress onto the BSc (Hons) course and further postgraduate study. It also gives you all of the skills and knowledge you need to get work in a range of roles including:

      • computer systems hardware

     

      • development

     

      • computer networking

     

      • software development

     

    • internet technology

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Careers and Employability


This course allows you to progress onto the BSc (Hons) course and further postgraduate study. It also gives you all of the skills and knowledge you need to get work in a range of roles including:

    • computer systems
    • hardware development
    • computer networking
    • software development
    • internet technology