Student working on a computer
UCAS Code
G401
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
2 years full-time
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020

Overview

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.

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

The course takes place at Stanmore College, but you still have access to the University of Portsmouth's student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and the library's online resources.

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, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Website Design and Development

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Advanced Programming
  • Database Management Systems
  • Discrete Maths
  • Operating Systems

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.

Learning 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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching

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:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops and discussion groups
  • tutorials
  • 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:

  • examinations
  • essays
  • reports
  • 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.

Entry requirements​

HND Computing entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 64 points from A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Selection process
  • All applicants are subject to interview.

Qualifications or experience
  • 64 points from A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Selection process
  • All applicants will need to attend an interview.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,165 a year (may be subject to annual increase)

This course isn't open to 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.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

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 £75 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.

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – 002N
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – G401
  • our institution code – P80

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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