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Bradford College

Higher National Diploma in Computing (Software Engineering)

Qualification Gained
Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing for England (Software Engineering)
Study Level
Level 5
Course Type
2 years
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Advanced Technology Centre


*Subject to Pearson approval*

Start your journey into the core principles of software engineering. The HND Software Engineering provides a solid foundation in the essential concepts, methodologies, and tools used in the development of high-quality software.

This course is the second year specialist pathway from the Higher National Certificate in Computing for England.

This course has been designed in partnership with employers recruiting in these areas, so the skills and knowledge that you develop on the course will pave the way for your future in tech.

Elevate your understanding of software engineering best practices and get a head-start in a successful career in the computing industry.

  Key Info

You will learn the essentials in programming, computer networking and database design and development. Through working on your own computing project, you will showcase the skills and ideas you have developed on the course.

Level 4 units:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Planning a Computing Project
  • Software Development Lifecycles

Level 5 units:

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Process Support
  • Discrete Maths
  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Applied Programming and Design Principles

*course includes optional units.

Students who have recently been in education are likely to need:

  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Art and Design or Media
  • a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or in more than one GCE subject. This is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) 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 from an approved further education institution
  • relevant work experience

Assessment includes assignments (practical or written).

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 degree-level study or employment in the software development industry.

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.

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.

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