Course Overview

The HNC/D in Computing (Software Engineering) is a work-related qualification for those taking their first steps into employment, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities.

The School of Computing has established close links with both local business and the local community. Wherever practicable, assessment on the programme reinforces these links.

Course Structure

The course provides a blend of semesterised and year-long units. The units are sequenced to provide you with a coherent learning experience.

The HND programme has a total value of 240 credits and is equivalent to approximately 2,400 hours total learning time.

Throughout the programme emphasis will be placed upon reflection, analysis, environmental impact, critical thinking and personal development.

Modules Covered

Year One:

  • Networking
  • Security
  • Maths For Computing
  • Programming.

Year Two:

  • Professional Practice
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Software Development Lifecycles
  • Database Design and Development.


Year Three:

  • Discrete Maths
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Advanced Programming
  • Internet of Things.

Year Four:

  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Business Intelligence
  • Computing Research Project.

Learning Methods

  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Workshops and Labs
  • Tutorials
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) Moodle
  • Work Based Learning
  • Guest Speakers
  • Field Trips.

Teaching Methods

The teaching strategy is designed to supplement your existing knowledge and to encourage your acquisition of new subject knowledge while supporting you in the move towards a greater degree of independence and self-direction.


Assessments may include elements of:

  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolios of evidence
  • ‘In-class’ tests
  • Lab work
  • Case studies
  • Examinations, both open and closed book
  • Reflective activities where you look back over your experiences, analyse them with the assistance of relevant theory and reflective tools, and learn from the experience
  • Online discussions that you have had with your peers, tutors and invited contributors to the programme
  • Oral and written reports
  • Journals, blogs and log books
  • Plans (eg action plans, plans for your group activities)
  • Presentations
  • Time-constrained tasks.

All written work related to assessments will be submitted via Turnitin to ensure authentication of your work.

What's Next?

The programme provides progression into the workplace and is designed to meet employers' needs.

Additional Costs

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.

Entry Requirements

48 UCAS tariff points with a minimum of three GCSEs at Grade C/4-5 or above and including Mathematics and English. If you do not meet the criteria for Mathematics and English you will be invited for an interview where you will be required to sit a numeracy and literacy skills assessment.

The School of Computing welcomes applications from those who do not meet the above criteria. Where this is the case, you will be invited for an interview at which you will be expected to provide a portfolio (either physical or digital) that demonstrates professional industry experience in a Computing discipline or provides examples of computer skills appropriate to Level 4 study. You will also be required to undertake Literacy and Numeracy skills assessments along with a programming aptitude test.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification