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What career opportunities can this lead to?

Over the course students will have opportunities to be involved in employer related projects and activities to enhance understanding of the technical and individual skills required to be successful in industry.
The Higher National Certificate is a highly sought after qualification and successful completion of the course supports progression onto a range of technical, supervisory and managerial roles within the IT sector. It is possible to top up your HNC to a HND by completing a second year.

What are the entry requirements?

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile should include one of the following:
- A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Computing
- 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 at A* to C (or equivalent)
- Other related Level 3 qualifications
- An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
- Related work experience
- An international equivalent of the above.

For students to be successful on Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications which are both taught and assessed in English, it is critical that they have an appropriate level of English language skills. Eastleigh College will ensure that non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, can demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being recruited to the programme.
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- PTE 51
- IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5
- or equivalent.

What does this programme involve?

A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students. The essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into further study or the world of work. students undertake a substantial core of learning in the BTEC Higher National Certificate and can build on this in the optional year 2 BTEC Higher National Diploma, with specialist and optional units linked to their area of study. Refreshed content that is closely aligned with Professional Body, vendor, employer and higher education needs.

At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector through six core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The units are:
- Programming
- Networking
- Professional Practice
- Database Design & Development
- Security
- Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set unit).

In addition, the following two modules are delivered at Eastleigh College:
- Software Development Lifecycles
- Website Design & Development

This qualification has also been approved by the following professional bodies as suitable qualifications for students wanting to gain membership. The professional bodies include:
- The British Computing Society
- The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

The course is taught through lectures, practical sessions, seminars and individual research.

Mode and Pattern of Delivery
Delivery is full time over 3 terms, this normally equates to some 18.5 hours of lectures per week for 30 weeks, approximately 1/3 of these hours may be by way of directed study for some modules.

Students work is assessed by assignment, a combination of written 40% and practical 60% is typical. Some modules have topics set by Pearsons (the awarding body.) An assignment is issued to students as an assignment brief with a hand-out date, a completion date and clear requirements for the evidence that students are expected to provide.

What else do I need to know?

Course fees are very competitive, especially when compared with university fees. There may be small additional costs for organised visits. Although everything you need to complete the course will be made available to you in college, you will be expected to work at home as well, so a suitable computer system would be an advantage.

Please contact the Computer Science Faculty, preferably by email - or telephone (023) 8091 1031.

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
CSD1 Eastleigh College 10/09/2018 Mon-Wed 09:00 – 17:00 30 £3,085.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Information, Advice and Guidance team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1299.

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

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