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Pearson BTEC LEVEL 5 HND in Computing (RQF)
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The new Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing have been accredited onto the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing is an nationally recognised qualification and is validated, administered and verified by the Pearson BTEC. The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree programme at a British University. This qualification is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in Information Technology. This qualification falls in line with the British Computer Society (BCS) and Engineering Council requirements for accreditation and exemption from the BCS examination..

Duration of course: Two years full-time study but can be taken in fast track mode.
The HNC (120 credits) comprises the first 3 mandatory units (45 credits) plus any level 4 units chosen from the specialist units 5 to 28 making up at least 75 credits.
The HND (240 credits) includes all 4 mandatory units and 175 credits worth of specialits options with a minimum of 125 credits at level 5.

 
Mandatory units:

1 Programming
2 Networking
3 Professional Practice
4 Database Design and development
5 Security

6 Managing a successful computing (Pearson set assignment)
Optional units: (level 4) - choose 2
7 Strategic information systems
8 Computer systems architecture
9 Software development life-cycles
10 Website design and development
11 Maths for computing
12 Data analytics

Mandatory units:
13 Computing research project (Pearson set assignment)
14 Business intelligence

Optional units: (level 5) - choose 5
17 Networking security
19 Data structures and algorithms
24 Forensics
39 e-commerec strategy
45 Emerging technologies
47 Games development

Entry Qualifications
Students must normally be aged 18 years or over.
They must possess four GCSE's or their equivalent qualification including English and Maths at grade C or above, or a BTEC first Diploma, plus at least one GCE A level and a level of English language equivalent to B2 of the CEFR - 5.5 IELTS with a minimum of 5.0 in all sections. Mature students (over 21 years of age) may be exempt from some of the above requirements on grounds of experience but where English is not the first language students must provide recent certification of having reached at least IELTS 5.5 as stated above.

Duration of Course
This course normally lasts 2 years but can be taken in fast track mode in one year only.
There is a rolling programme so students can apply at any time of the year and enrol on a unit by unit basis for the HNC or HND versions of the course.

Delivery
The course is structured around formal classes, tutorials and individual tuition. Blended and Distance Learning methods are available for those who cannot spare the time because of work commitments. In addition, students will be expected to undertake a great deal of private study. The form of assessment is by assignment. Grades Distinction, Merit and Pass are available.
This qualification enables students to apply to UK universities for the third and final year of undergraduate degree programmes.

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