From smartphone apps to the networks that connect communities and businesses across the world, computing is behind the systems millions of people rely on every day.
On this HND Computing course, you'll prepare yourself for further study or employment in the computing industry. You'll learn about topics such as programming, networking, business intelligence and IT security and get to apply what you learn on a work placement and on community projects.
When you complete the course, you'll have the skills, knowledge and experience to start a career in the computing industry. You could also top up your HND to a Bachelor's degree.
This course takes place at Isle of Wight College in Newport. While studying at Isle of Wight College, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.
HND Computing entry requirements
- UCAS points – An A level in Computing or related subject, or Level 3 vocational equivalent (diploma/ extended diploma), or equivalent industry experience in a relevant field (calculate your UCAS points)
- Applicants will be invited to attend an interview, to which you should bring a portfolio.e-portfolio of recent work. This interview will include an admissions test and a tour of the facilities.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn skills relevant to your future career from staff who have experience working in the industry
- Get an insight into how to use computing to develop community opportunities and enhance lives
- Tailor what you learn to your interests and career aspirations
- Access the latest learning resources, journals and publications
- Get experience of working in the computing industry on a work placement
- Have further opportunities to apply what you learn in the community, by running computing events for example
- Study at Isle of Wight College in Newport
Careers and opportunities
The computing expertise you develop on this course will set you up for employment in areas including systems design and analysis, commercial or scientific systems development and web development.
What jobs can you do with a Computing HND?
Roles you could go into could include:
- Business continuity analyst
- Software engineer
- Web developer
- Systems analyst
- Computer programmer
- Online course developer
If you want to continue your studies, you can top up your HND to a Bachelor's degree by joining the final year of the BSc (Hons) Computing course.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
What you'll study on this HND Computing course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
Modules currently being studied
- Professional Practice
- Database Design and Development
- Managing a Successful Computing Project
- Computer Systems Architecture
- Website Design and Development
- Computing Research Project
- Business Intelligence
- Operating Systems
- Advanced Programming
- Database Management Systems
- User Experience and Interface Design
- Games Development
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Academic skills support
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
There's an emphasis on interactive teaching on this course, giving you the chance to take a leading role in your own learning. Teaching methods include:
- Workshops and discussion groups
- Practical and coaching sessions
- Work-based learning (during your placement in year 2)
How you're assessed
The way you're assessed on this course reflects the requirements of the computing industry. You'll be assessed through:
- Projects, portfolios and case studies
- Practical demonstrations
- Oral assessments through presentations or discussion groups
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Course costs and funding
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,165 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £6,165 per year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £18,300 (subject to annual increase)
This course is only open to international students who don't need a Tier 4 visa.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £100 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
How to apply
To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – G402
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.