HND Computing at Stanmore College

Course Content

The HND Computing course is designed to help students secure the knowledge skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the IT industry as a highly skilled professional. The course contains professional standards and provide opportunities for students to develop behaviours for work, for example by undertaking a group project, or responding to a client brief. The HND Computing course is also intended to keep doors open for future study should a student wish to progress further in their education after their level 5 study.

The course is aimed at 19+ learners and adults who are looking to continue their HE education and still have the opportunity to work alongside.


  • To equip students with computing skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global computing environment.

  • To provide education and training for a range of careers in computing, including network engineering, software engineering, data analytics, security, intelligent systems, and applications development.

  • To provide insight and understanding into international computing operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a globalised market place.

  • To equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values.

  • To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in computing, or progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in computing or a related area.

  • To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives.

The course runs 32 weeks. At least 20 hours per week self-directed study. Each teaching day is delivered in an eight hour block from 9.00am- 5.00pm.

Unit Name Level Credit
Programming 4 15
Networking 4 15
Professional Practice 4 15
Database Design and Development 4 15
Security 4 15
Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-Set) 4 15
Computer Systems Architecture 4 15
Website Design and Development 4 15
Computing Research Project (Pearson-Set) 5 30
Business Intelligence 5 15
User Experience and Interface Design 5 15
Advanced Programming 5 15
Database Management Systems 5 15
System Analysis and Design 5 15
Operating Systems 5 15

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Course Outcomes

On successful completion of the HND Computing course 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.


Students completing their HND in computing course will be aiming to go on to employment or will progress to Level 6 where they will complete a one year programme and obtained in BSc in Computing. This could be our partner University.

Entry Requirements

BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Information Technology/Computing or Access to HE Diploma in Computing.

You will require a minimum of 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

GCSE subjects and grades required: 3 GCSE at C/4 or above include Maths and English at C/4 or above.


  • Formal written examinations
  • Oral presentations
  • Formal essays
  • Written reports
  • Assignments
  • Exams


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.

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