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Bradford College

Higher National Certificate in Computing

Qualification Gained
Pearson Higher National Certificate in Computing
Study Level
University, Level 4
1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
Full-time or Part-time
Advanced Technology Centre


This course will draw on key elements of computing in order to put you on to the right path to your ideal career. Learn about topics such as programming, security, website design and development and software development. As well as learning  essential information, you will develop hands-on practical knowledge that will fast track you into further study and career opportunities in this area.

You will benefit from partnerships with key industry professionals including CISCO, AWS Academy and CompTIA as well as the opportunity to visit specialist events such as the IPExpo in Manchester, Tech Huddle and Leeds Digital Job Fair.§ in order to achieve high performance in the global computing environment.

This course will prepare you for a range of careers in computing, including network engineering, software engineering, data analytics, security, intelligent systems, applications development and testing.

  Key Info

You will study specialist topics such as:

  • Programming
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Software Development Lifecycles
  • Website Design & Development
  • Business Process Support

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Computing (or a related subject)
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject; this profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as Maths and English
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above

One core, 15-credit, unit at Level 4 will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment targeted at particular skills. All other units are assessed by centre-devised internal assignments.

Although this course does not directly offer work experience, there are opportunities for you to undertake a work placement or work experience during your time studying on this course.

Additionally, practical and hands-on skills have been built into the design of this course meaning that you will have the opportunity to use relevant contexts, scenarios and materials to enable you to develop a portfolio of evidence demonstrating the breadth of their skills and knowledge in a way that equips you for employment.

Successful completion of this course can lead to job prospects as: IT Technician, Business and Data Analyst, Cyber Security Technologist, Developer and Programming.

Why not upgrade your knowledge and skills with our further study options? We offer fantastic Higher Education options in:

  • BSc (Hons) Networking Infrastructure and Security
  • BSc (Hons) Information System Management
  • BEng (Hons) Software Engineering

Progress with us, view our higher level courses.

You will have the opportunity to visit conferences, seminars and events during your time on the course. These visits include:

  • IPExpo in Manchester
  • Leeds Tech User Group
  • Tech Huddle in Manchester
  • Leeds Digital Job Fair
  • UK World Skills
  • JISC Digifest

Full-time: £8,000. Part-time: Pro rata rate depending on intensity of study* *Intensity of Study refers to the amount of credits being studied in the academic year.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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This course is delivered in partnership with
Access Group
AWS Academy
Exa Networks
Future Transformation