Computing - Higher National Certificate
The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors.
Aims of programme
The educational aims of the programme are to:
• Equip individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the computing industry.
• Enable progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in computing or a related area.
• Provide opportunities for specialist study relevant to individual vocations and contexts.
• Support individuals employed or entering employment in the computing industry.
• Develop the individual’s ability in the computing industry through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme.
• Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enabling learners to make an immediate contribution to employment.
The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors. 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 and two optional units at level 4(see below).
The units are:
• Professional Practice
• Database Design & Development
• Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set unit).
• Computer Systems Architecture
• Software Development Lifecycles
Graduates successfully completing the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of computing. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to computing, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.
• 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 9 to 4 (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
Progression / Careers
The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in computing at Level 4, vendor-accredited certification and Professional Body membership, all of which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage.
On successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate at Level 4, students can develop their careers in the computing sector through:
• Entering employment
• Continuing existing employment
• linking with the appropriate vendor accredited certificates
• Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
• progressing to university.
• BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma or a degree programme.
Modes of assessment
Combinations of coursework, case studies and oral presentations are used to assess each unit
This information may be subject to change without prior notice.
Timetables are normally available one week before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.