HND Computing at Stanmore College
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.
For more information on the HND Computing click here to access the related page on the University of Portsmouth's website. The course would be delivered right here at Stanmore College.
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
Proceed to a full degree by doing a 'top up' at the University of Portsmouth or elsewhere.
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.
- 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.
Qualifications or experience 64 points from A levels, BTEC or equivalent.
GCSE subjects and grades required 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics / 3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.
English language requirements English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
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.
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)
You will be provided with online resources, computers and laptops to use in college. Having a personal laptop will be very useful to work on assignments and projects from home.