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Computing HNC Level 4

The Level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing is a specialist technical programme with a strong work-related emphasis. The course covers essential topics in the field of computing including computer programming, database design, networking, security, website design and project management.


The course offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, a unit specialism which is pathway dependent and an optional unit of study; allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience across a range of occupational sectors at Level 4.


The qualification is widely recognised and is an essential qualification for promotion in many organisations. For students who intend to proceed to university, the HNC provides a very sound technical foundation and a valuable introduction to the type of study skills necessary for higher level courses.


Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.


  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 23-FL4HC-COM-1 / 10001

    Start Date Monday 04 Sep 2023

    How long is the course? 1 year

    What time does the course start? 9AM

    What time does the course end? 6PM

    When does the course run? Thursday, Friday

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £4,800

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body Edexcel

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • How will you be taught?

    You will be taught in our specialist classroom with access to a range of computer systems and networking devices. You will need to dedicate several hours outside of the classroom to research and completion of assessments.

    The course is assignment based and includes the following modules:

    1. Programming
    2. Networking
    3. Professional Practice
    4. Database Design and Development
    5. Fundamentals of Biochemistry
    6. Security
    7. Planning a Computer Project
    8. Cybersecurity
    9. Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence AI) & Intelligent Systems

  • How is the course assessed?

    Assessment is by a series of assignments and practical projects.

  • Skills and experience you will need for the course

    You will need to meet the entry requirements for the course. You should also have a keen interest and previous computing experience would be beneficial. 

  • Entry requirements

    Formal entry requirements my include:

    · BTEC Subsidiary/Extended Diploma Level 3 in IT
    · AS/A2 levels in computing and IT and mathematics at grade D or above
    · Advanced Apprenticeship in IT
    · A level 3 qualification(s) with a keen interest in IT

  • Progression options?

    The course is suitable for those who aspire to work in the IT industry in a wide range of capacities. It will also prepare you for higher level study. For those already employed in IT the course will open opportunities to move in to managerial positions.

  • Costs - tuition fees, loans and classroom costs

    The tuition fee for the HNC is £4,599. 

    As this course is higher education, it means that you can apply for a student loan to pay for your tuition fees. You can find out more about student loans by clicking here.



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