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Computing Higher National Certificate

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    The HNC in Computing, awarding body Pearson Educational Ltd. is based at our Cheltenham Campus. The course provides a solid grounding in Computing, vendor-accredited qualifications and professional body membership.

    The course has been designed to equip you with all you need to establish or further your career in IT and Computing. You will be studying a range of topics spanning security, programming and networking. This nationally recognised qualification offers direct progression into our Higher National Diploma following the successful completion of this first year. The HND offers the opportunity for you to specialise in your chosen field, with a choice of three pathways software engineering, cyber security and network engineering.

    The emphasis in teaching on the HNC is to use a mixture of practical and theoretical assignment briefs so that you can develop your chosen skills. Where possible we use ‘live’ scenarios and topics, including those provided by local businesses. The College offers excellent Computing resources, including our own departmental network and a wide range of professional software and hardware resources.

    What will I study?
    · Programming
    · Web design
    · Networking
    · Professional Practice
    · Database Design and Development
    · Security
    · Managing a successful computing project

    And 2 optional from
    · Software Development Lifecycles
    · Data Analytics
    · Strategic Information Systems
    · Artificial Inteligence
    · The exact combination of Units delivered can be discussed with students in the application stage.
    · (This list is not exhaustive)

    Please enquire for further information.

    If you need information about a loan for your fees and other related information, try The Student Loan Company Fees quoted on Gloscol website page are per year of study.

    Please be aware we do require you to apply via UCAS .

    Information you will need to complete your UCAS application is as follows:

    UCAS code for HNC Computing & Systems Development is ITHC.

    UCAS institution code for Gloucestershire College is G45

    Please see Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice available at (subject to agreed amendments).  Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice has been written based on guidance from external bodies that regulate consumer law, customer protection and education standards.  If you have any queries about either Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy or Code of Practice, please contact Gloucestershire College’s Admissions department via telephone 01242 532008 or .

    Please note that modules could be subject to change but any such changes, to module delivery, would be in consultation with the students.

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