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New IT and Computing Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ)

  • HNC, HND and UWE Bristol top-up degree 
  • Specialise in cyber security, software or network engineering
  • Train in £3million Advanced Digital Academy
  • Construction HTQ coming soon

Explore our courses below. 

What is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ)?

HTQs are either new or existing Level 4 and 5 qualifications (such as HNDs/Foundation Degrees/Diploma HE) that have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education as meeting occupational standards for the relevant sector. These qualifications have been developed by awarding bodies in collaboration with employers and businesses so that students get the specific training, knowledge and skills required for their chosen career.

Your HTQ pathway to an IT degree

HNC Computing (Level 4)

Expect a mix of hands-on, practical and theoretical learning, over traditional university-style lectures - and equates to the first year of university, in terms of UCAS points. 

Modules include:
Web design
Database Design and Development
Choose: Software Development Lifecycles, Data Analytics, Strategic Information Systems, Artificial Intelligence 

For those who have completed A Levels or a Level 3 equivalent (Extended Diploma or T Level) in computing. 

HND Computing (Level 5)

Our HND is a flexible course; we'll work with you to select the right mix of modules to help you achieve your career in cyber security, software or network engineering. 

Modules include: 
Network management  
Network Security  
Internet of Things  
Cloud Computing  
Emerging Technologies  
Application Development

For students who have completed the HNC or first year of university.

IT Top-up Degree (Level 6)

Taught by expert GC and UWE Bristol lecturers, this one-year course will top-up your existing qualifications and turn them into a full honor's degree.

This course is for students who have completed the HNC and HND or first two years of university. 

Full details of the modules and how to apply can be found on the UWE Bristol website.

Please note that applications for the Level 6 BSc in Information Technology will be made directly to UWE Bristol through UCAS. If you have any queries about the application process, please contact our Admissions Team on 0345 155 2020 or email

IT innovation on your doorstep

Over £3million has been invested into dedicated our cutting-edge facilities at our Cheltenham Campus:

  • Computing labs
  • Attack and defence rooms
  • Forensic tool kits
  • Eco study pods
  • Spaces for collaborative working
  • Employer networking zone

These will ensure you can keep pace with technology and develop high-value skills to become the next generation of industry leaders.

A learning experience like no other

Affordable courses

Studying closer to home can significantly reduce the cost of gaining a degree. GC offers competitive fees, saving you a third on typical university fees, and no relocation costs, as you can stay home.

More one-to-one support

Our classes are much smaller than at university, meaning you're seen, heard and valued, and benefit from more one-on-one time with your lecturer.

Learn from industry experts

Our lecturers are experts in their fields. They've had successful careers in industry and know what employers want from graduates. Plus, you'll get access to our network of local employers to help build your experience.

Student Stories

Amelia Thomas

HND (Level 5)

Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

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Amelia Thomas

HND (Level 5)

Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

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Holly Lyne

HND (Level 5)

Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

We are here to help

0345 155 2020

90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.