HND in Computing and Systems Development

Course: BTEC HND in Computer Science
Code: QHNDL5ICT1/F011V
Location: Winsford
Dates: 18/09/2017 to 01/06/2019
Times: 00.00 to 00.00
Fee: £5930.00
Hours/week: 12.00
Weeks: 30



01606 74444

What is the programme structure?

The programme will help you to develop practical and networking skills, gain confidence in the use and design of software and enhance your analytical, team working and communications skills. A variety of topics will be studied that will prepare students for progression within many areas of computer science.

Who is the programme for?

The programme will help you to develop practical and networking skills, gain confidence in the use and design of software and enhance your analytical, team working and communications skills. You will have full use of the computer suites and other relevant resources.

How long does it take to complete?
2 years full-time (2 days per week).

What qualifications do I need?

UCAS Points Required: 80 points from Level 3 qualifications. For example: A levels; BTEC Extended Diploma; Access to HE Diploma; NVQ3. In addition, GCSE English at Grade 4/5 or C equivalent is desired or be willing to work towards this qualification. GCSE Maths at grade 4/5 or C Grade equivalent is also required. Students who do not meet the admissions requirements will be considered for entry if they can demonstrate that they have the relevant vocational experience, motivation and personal qualities appropriate for this course.

What does it include?

Listed below is an example of units typically delivered but the Pearson Edexcel qualifications are modular, which allows a certain degree of flexibility and Mid Cheshire College will tailor the units to the needs and interests of the group.

Year 1
Unit 1 Business Skills for e-Commerce
Unit 2 Computer Systems
Unit 3 Employability and Professional Development
Unit 5 Emerging Technologies
Unit 9 Systems Analysis and Design
Unit 14 Website Design
Unit 19 Object Oriented Programming
Unit 24 Networking Technologies

Year 2
Unit 4 Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Unit 32 Quality Systems in IT
Unit 30 Information Systems in Organisations
Unit 33 Data Analysis and Design
Unit 35 Web Applications Development
Unit 42 Programming in .NET
Unit 47 IT Virtualisation
Unit 48 IT Security Management

Are there any special facilities for the programme?
The special facilities will include computer suites with top of the range equipment.

Will there be any extra costs involved?

Students may need to purchase text books.

Find out about tuition fees and additional course costs

How is the programme assessed?
A range of assessment methods will be used, including work-related projects. Tutor marked assessments will be continual throughout the course and formal assessments are moderated by the awarding body. There are no formal exams.

What award will I achieve?
HND in Computing and Systems Development

Examining/Validating Body:

What can I do next?

Key progression pathways from this industry recognised qualification are:

• Entry onto the second or third year of a Degree or Honours Degree programme (depending on the match of the HND units to the Degree programme in question)

• Entry to employment into computing or IT in roles such as IT support/technician, database administrator, trainee programmer, systems analyst or web designer

• Career development opportunities for those already employed in relevant roles

Equal Opportunities:

Mid Cheshire College is committed to the implementation of a policy to achieve equality of opportunity for all staff, students and members of the community it serves. In doing so the College will actively work to achieve equality regardless of age, race, skin colour, disability, gender, marital status, sexuality and faith.

Additional Learning Support is available for HE students who declare a disability or a specific learning difficulty, and who have claimed the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA). See link below for details.

How do I get further information?

Contact the college on 01606 74444, visit the website or email

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For HND in Computing and Systems Development

All applicants wishing to apply for a Higher Education course at Mid Cheshire College must apply through UCAS – see the link below for help with the application process. Although the deadline is 15th January, we will consider late applications but advise applying by the end of April.

The only exception to this is for those applying for the employer-sponsored HNC/HND Engineering, who can complete the 19+ Application Form which can be downloaded here.

To find out more about the application process and how to write personal statements, follow the resources below.

Do you have any questions?
If there is anything you would still like to know about this course, please don't hesitate to ask us.

Money matters.
Depending upon your circumstances, you may be able to apply for financial support to help you during your studies. Find out more.