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.
Work experience and career planning
Our Careers and Employability service can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles during the course that will enhance your CV and boost your employment prospects.
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.
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.
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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
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.
What you'll study
- Professional Practice
- Database Design and Development
- 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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
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 mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
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'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
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.
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.
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.
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