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BTEC Level 4 HNC in Computing and Systems Development (Year 1 of 2)

The HNC has been developed for individuals looking for a successful career in computing and systems development. It has been designed to equip students with the essential skills, techniques and knowledge to enhance their career, progress on to a degree program or directly into employment. During your time at South Downs College you will get the chance to study a range of topics spanning hardware, software and technology, enabling you to become a multidisciplinary practitioner. This nationally recognised qualification offers direct progression onto the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing and Systems Development following the successful completion of Year 1, or alternatively progression onto the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Ideally you should have studied information technology (IT) at Level 3, but candidates with suitable experience or a strong desire to learn more about this industry will be considered.

You will require
• GCSE English and GCSE Maths at Grade C or above

And either

• 3 GCE A Levels (A* – C grades)
• Relevant BTEC Level 3 qualification in IT
• Access to Higher Education Certificate
• Or equivalent IT Experience

All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview by a member of the lecturing team.

If you currently do not hold any of the above qualifications, the College may be able to offer you an alternative full-time course or Apprenticeship, to support future progression onto this HNC programme.

Course Content

The HNC will be broken down into two semesters with four units delivered per semester over two days. In each semester one unit will be delivered through the use of supported online learning. All units will require a significant amount of private study designed to develop both your technical and communication skills.

Each unit will require the submission of an assignment based on the semester’s content. Your assignment will be graded with a pass, merit or distinction with all units counting towards your final HNC (or HND in Year 2).

The breakdown of the units is shown below with full details available separately:

HNC units (Year 1)

Semester 1
• Business Skills for e-Commerce*
• Procedural Programming
• Computer Systems
• Digital Image Creation and Development

Semester 2
• Employability and Professional Development*
• Database Design Concepts
• Networking Technologies
• Website Design

Following successful completion of the Level 4 HNC in Computing and Systems Development (Year 1), you can choose to progress onto the Level 5 HND in Computing and Systems Development (Year 2), which will develop your skills to a higher level through a range of units as follows:

HND units (Year 2)

Semester 3
• Emerging Technologies*
• Systems Analysis and Design
• Event Driven Programming Solutions
• Multimedia Design and Authoring

Semester 4
• Object Oriented Programming
• Human Computer Interaction
• Network Operating Systems
• Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation*

As part of the HND programme, you will make links with the Microsoft Academy and work towards a server qualification.

*Unit delivered via online learning with tutor support.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught via a mixture of lectures, online content, tutorials, workshops and independent research. Every student will have a dedicated tutor to help support their studies throughout each year.

How will I be assessed?

We assess you in ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills through:

• Reports
• Multiple choice tests
• Essays
• Written exams
• Mini projects
• Presentations
• Review articles

Each unit is graded Pass, Merit and Distinction and aggregated over the duration of the course to determine your final grade.

Will I need any extra equipment?

You will not need any specialist equipment for this course.

What qualifications will I get?

BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing and Systems Development

What will it allow me to do in the future?

After successfully completing the course you will be able to progress on to a degree, such as the second year of a BSC (Hons) Computing at Portsmouth University, or gain employment in any of the following industry fields:

• Computer Networking
• Technical Support
• Web Development
• Software Development

You may also use the skills, techniques and knowledge learned as a springboard towards studying towards a vendor specific qualification.

Course Information

Formed in 1974, South Downs College has a long heritage in delivering specialist computing programmes to over 200 full-time students per year.

We pride ourselves on providing a first class learning experience and dedicated hardware, software and networking laboratory, computer suites and a private small learning space for use throughout the course.

The College has no residential student accommodation and students normally make their own arrangements as regards where they live.

This course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change. If you would like further information, advice and guidance, please contact the College on 023 9279 7979.

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