This higher education course is for students looking to pursue a career in the computer science field such as: programming, network engineering, systems analysis, games development, database administration, IT consultancy or project management.
The emphasis is on implementing computing solutions for the modern computing environment e.g. energy, transport, high-tech houses, mobile technology, monitoring & smart sensors, green & sustainability technology to name a few. In the first year you will have one mini-project and one group project. In the second year you will have one/two mini-project/s and a main project. This will enable you to apply the skills that you have developed to complete a practical task of your choice. In the past, previous students have designed websites, mobile apps, Windows apps and networks.
What areas will I study?
Key areas include:
- Business & management (employability and professional, ecommerce, project)
- System infrastructure (computer system, SOHO, LANS, WANS)
- Software development (procedural programming, event driven and object oriented programming)
- Problem solving (system analysis, algorithms, developing app)
What are the entry requirements?
You will need to be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year the course commences.
You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points which may be gained from the following qualifications:
- Two A Levels
- A BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma
- A BTEC National Certificate
- A Level 3 Diploma or equivalent such as NVQ, GNVQ, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Certificate of Education
- A recognised (Kitemarked) Access course
In addition, you will need GCSE English and maths at Grade 4-9 or Level 2 equivalent.
Alternatively, if you have significant relevant work experience or other professional qualifications, you may be eligible for the course. Contact the College who will be able to advise and discuss your suitability for the course.
To find out more about UCAS points, please visit https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/ucas-undergraduate-entry-requirements
Where can I progress to next?
You could top-up your HND and your natural progression might be to enrol onto a university degree programme in a range of computing related subjects, such as:
- Computer science
- Computing & applied computing
- Commerce & computation apps
- Information systems & management
- Information technology & business
- Software engineering & development
- Software engineering & networking
To progress onto the final year of a university degree programme in order to obtain a full honours degree, you must achieve the grades required by the particular institution.