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Bradford College

Higher National Diploma in Computing (Network Engineering)

Study Level
Level 5
Course Type
2 years
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Advanced Technology Centre


The Pearson Higher National Diploma in Network Engineering will enable students to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the foundational concepts of computer network infrastructure, hardware and software through both theory and practice.

They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility.

Students will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, to take independent initiative, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to computer network infrastructure, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within the network engineering industry.

  Key Info

You’ll learn from a well-rounded curriculum in networking engineering, infrastructure, IT network development and network troubleshooting theory and practice, thus maximizing your career potential.

As this programme is offered on a full-time basis, over a short timescale of one academic year, it is ideally placed to provide retraining opportunities for those industry professionals who may have recently fallen out of employment due to the rapidly changing employment landscape or those looking to progress from level 3 and gain a practical qualification.

The programme will also be offered on a part-time basis over a period of two years. This will enable those who are currently in employment to upskill whilst remaining in the workplace.

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Maths for Computing
  • Transport Network Design
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cryptography
  • Business Process Support
  • Network Security
  • Internet of Things
  • Computing Research Project

80 UCAS tariff points with a minimum of three GCSEs at Grade C/4-5 or above in Mathematics and English, or equivalent welcomed.

For UCAS tariff points grade combinations click:

Applications are welcomed and encouraged from those who do not meet the standard entry requirements but can demonstrate the ability to study at Higher Education level.

Some credit points may be built up through prior learning and experience.

Assessment is centred on the practical and professional skills required by the industry, and therefore you will be specifically focusing on deriving a solution to a specified problem through researching, analysing and evaluating the issue. This creates a workload which is primarily practical, but will be substantiated through written work such as reports and essays.

Group work is also used to promote transferable skills where appropriate.

The course does not include any formal work placement or placement year. However, the course assessment will involve the learner working on industry driven projects provided by local stakeholders and industry partners.

Upon successful completion of this HND in Network Engineering programme, a successful student can progress to further studies via an undergraduate computing degree or enter into employment within the IT network engineering, Network infrastructure and Digital sectors.

Careers include:

  • IT Support
  • Network Engineer
  • Network infrastructure engineer
  • IT Service Delivery

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. There are no additional course costs associated with your study on this programme. All equipment is provided by the College. Students are free to purchase their own copies of books to support their studies – but all texts are available for loan from the College Library.

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.

Our Students Say

Connor Hemingway
This course has prepared me for my career as it’s helped me with my social skills. During the Summer I did work experience for the IT department at College and in my final year was offered a part-time job with them as an IT Services Assistant. I think that’s going to look really good on my CV and I feel like it will help me in the future. Connor Hemingway Former Bradford College Student
Eduard Adam
This course helped me to build my confidence and with smaller class sizes, you have that intimacy with your teachers to get one to one support. There’s a lot of engagement with other companies so in my final year, I was entered into World Skills UK, which is an international competition in Cloud Computing, to represent the UK and went to Russia to take part. After graduating, I now work as a Network Engineer at TransUnion in Leeds. Eduard Adam BSc (Hons) Networking Infrastructure and Security Alumnus

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

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
Hippo Digital