Level: 4 | Duration: 1 year | Start Date: September 2023
Details: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (may be subject to change for 2023)
What is this course about?
Whether you are already working in IT or would like to gain a higher level qualification to start your career, the HNC will allow you to gain leading edge skills in the field of computing and systems development through a nationally recognised qualification awarded by Pearson.
What will I be learning?
The HNC course has a number of compulsory core units. These are:
Programming, Networking, Professional Practice, Database Design & Development, Security, Managing a Successful Computing Project, Systems Development Lifecycles and Strategic Information Systems. The course is made up of a number of optional units such as: Strategic Information Systems, Software Development Lifecycles, Robotics, Games Engine & Scripting, Games Design Theory Development, Database Management Systems, Advance Programming.
You will have the opportunity to gain industry qualifications as well as your main course; the college is an Adobe accredited centre, BCS Academy, CISCO IT Essentials and CCNA. You will be taught by industry qualified staff who have worked in a wide variety of areas, each with their own areas of specialisation. There will also be varied trips and visits during the course.
Two of the core units are:
This unit will introduce you to the core concepts of programming with an introduction to algorithms and the characteristics of programming paradigms. Among the topics included in this unit are: introduction to algorithms, procedural, object-orientated & event-driven programming, security considerations, the integrated development environment and the debugging process. On successful completion of this unit you will be able to design and implement algorithms in a chosen language within a suitable Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
Managing a Successful Computing Project
The aim of this unit is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a project. You will undertake independent research and investigation for carrying out and executing a computing project which meets appropriate aims and objectives.
On successful completion of this unit you will have the confidence to engage in decision-making, problem-solving and research activities using project management skills.
64 UCAS points, made up of a combination of the following:
• Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject e.g. BTEC Extended Diploma in IT, Computing A-Level.
• GCSE English and maths qualifications at a minimum of Grade C/ Grade 4 (or equivalent) or Level 2 equivalent
Applicants with professional experience will also be considered on an individual basis.
Course Fee (Per Year):
£6,950 (TBC for 2023)
How will I be assessed?
Year 1: Your assessment will be 100% by coursework.
Year 2: your assessment will be 100% by coursework.
Year 1: You will spend 22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar and 78% of time in independent study.
Year 2: you’ll spend 22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar and 78% of time in independent study.
What will this course lead on to?
This course will prepare students for employment in a range of occupations in computing, e-commerce, project management, game development, multimedia, applications development, networking and many more.
Upon successful completion of the HNC Computing for England (RQF), you may be able to progress onto the HND Computing for England (RQF), delivered at Riverside College (and awarded by Staffordshire University).
Why choose Riverside College for this course?
– Outstanding teaching and learning
– Course timetables to fit around your current employment
– Access to industry standard hardware and software
– The option to achieve industry qualifications alongside your course e.g. CISCO
– Excellent value for money
– Small class sizes
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