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HND Computing Science - Awarded by Staffordshire University

Course Code: FFZITN11

What's covered?

This course runs at Newcastle College.

The HND Computing Science is taught by experienced industry professionals and focuses on the key areas of
computing, which are networking, computer hardware, programming, web design and information systems such as databases. You will have chance to explore and develop new skills, including some of the latest
elements of computing such as app development, digital forensics and cyber security.

During the first year you will study four modules at level 4; Introduction to Computer Networks and Architectures, Professional and Academic Skills, Programming Concepts and Web & Databases.
These modules will give you a thorough introduction to the subject areas and build on previous knowledge.

On successful completion of the first year (Level 4), you will be able to progress to the second year (Level 5). At this level you will be able to develop a project of your own exploring the uses of IT in organisations. You will also study two additional units which are selected by the group towards the end of level 4 and can include digital forensics, cyber security and mobile application development amongst others.
This will allow you to diversify your knowledge of the field into some developing areas on computing.

You will also receive advice and guidance on applying to study at University for a BSc (Hons) degree on a ‘top-up’ year.

What else do I need to know?

This course runs at Newcastle College and is studied on a full-time basis over 2 years.

No specific resources are required, but it may be useful if you have a laptop computer, typically running a version of Windows or MAC OS X. You will be given the opportunity to participate in visits and attend
educational lecturers from guest speakers. We will also make use of facilities such as the LRC at Staffordshire University and their online research facilities.



What are the entry requirements?

Typically, you will need to have completed a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma course in a computing related subject, OR an A Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in more than one subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* - C (9-4). You will need to have GCSE mathematics at grade C (4) or above. The College also welcomes applications from mature students and students with relevant experience but without formal qualifications. All prospective students will be interviewed and assessed individually.

How is it assessed?

Assessment is typically through coursework which will include presentations, reports and development and demonstration of computing skills through production of websites, programmes and an “artefact” in your final year project.

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What financial support is on offer?

There are two types of loans to help students cover the costs of their higher education course in college: tuition fee loans and living cost loans (also called maintenance loans). You pay these loans back when you finish your course and earn over £25,000. If you earn £27,000 a year you'll repay £2,000 a year or £15 a month (nine per cent of the £2,000 earned above £25,000). For full details visit

Fee Information

The fee shown is the total fee per year of the course

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the HND Computing Science you will receive an internationally recognised qualification from Staffordshire University. You may enhance your employment opportunities by further study
through a top-up course to a full honours degree at Staffordshire University or other universities. You can also progress directly to employment. Former students have pursued careers as technicians, database managers and cyber security experts.

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