Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing

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Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at all those who wish to carve out a career in the computing and digital industries. The content is broad and aims to prepare the student to move onto a technical or managerial role in the these sectors.

This two year programme has a significant element of work-based learning which helps learners to develop their employment skills and professional network.  Students work for extended periods with a range of the industry’s leading employers with placements normally being paid.

The course content has been carefully put together with input from key members of local industry to ensure students are uniquely prepared to progress into employment in the wide range of local computing and digital industries.

**New for 2020-2022, we will be offering a Games Development pathway in the second year of the HND course. The units offered will include all or some of the following: Games Development, Game Design Theory and Game Engine Scripting. For more information regards this pathway and the relevant units please use the contact details below


What are the entry requirements for the course?

64 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. BTEC National/ International Baccalaureate) with at least one subject in a technology related subject at A Level (e.g. information technology, computing, mathematics or a science). 

GCSE Maths and English at grade C (grade 4) or above are mandatory.  Other level 3 qualifications will be considered and mature applicants with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. 

All candidates will need to have a successful interview. 

You will need to demonstrate a clean police record check for your work placement.



How long is this course?

This is a two year programme, starting September 2020.


What will I study on this course?

Year 1 Units (subject to approval): 



Professional Practice

Database Design and Development


Managing a Successful Computing Project

Software Development Lifecycles

Website Design and Development


Year 2 Units (subject to approval):

Computing Research Project

Business Intelligence

Information Security Management

System Analysis and Design

Emerging Technologies

Two from the following four units:

Cloud Computing

Network Management

Artificial Intelligence

User Experience and Interface Design


What Qualification will I gain?

Higher National Diploma in Computing – a Level 5 qualification that is the equivalent of two years on a degree programme. 


Will I go out on work experience?

Courses at Highlands are about preparing you for the world of work. As part of your course you will take part in work placements in the first and second year that are provided with Jersey’s key providers in the computing and digital industry.


How is the course assessed?

All units will be individually graded as ‘Pass’, ‘Merit’ or ‘Distinction’. To achieve a pass grade for the unit you must meet the assessment criteria set out in the specifications.

Criteria will be met through assessment methods such as assignments, reports, presentations, demonstrations or practically.



What does this course lead on to?

At the end of the programme you will have the confidence and qualifications to pursue a career within the computing and digital sectors in Jersey. You will have acquired the increased knowledge, skills and experience needed to make a positive contribution to an organisation and developed the work-related attitudes and aptitudes necessary to be successful in these sectors.

Students will have the option to complete a third year to achieve a full honours degree at a relevant university.



How much will it cost?

The fee for this course is £8,090 per year.

You may be eligible for financial support towards your course costs. Please search Student Finance at www.gov.je for more information. 


How can I find out more?

Contact Shaun Heslop at  shaun.heslop@highlands.ac.uk or 608537


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