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Pearson BTEC HNC in Computing

This HNC in Computing is a Level 4 Programme suitable for learners who have already attained a Level 3 qualification and are interested in the Computing Sector, or Practitioners within the IT and Computing Sector wishing to gain a recognised qualification.
Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn
2 Years
Level 4

Course Structure

Modules studied will include:
  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Website Design and Development


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Available Sessions

Title Campus Type Start Spaces Fee
Pearson BTEC HNC in Computing (Year 1)



Day: Tues, Thur
Time: 18:00-21:30



Pearson BTEC HNC in Computing (Year 1)



Day: Wed, Thur
Time: 18:00-21:30



Pearson BTEC HNC in Computing (Year 1)



Day: Mon, Wed
Time: 17:30-21:30



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Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

7 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Personal Study

A further average of 7 hours studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements:

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy


  • A minimum of 48 UCAS points including:
  • An A level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a STEM subject, OR
  • A National Level 3 qualification in Computing OR

Access Diploma:

  • Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with an overall average of 60%

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of this course will allow you to pursue a career in the ICT industry or apply to progress to the Level 5 HND Diploma or related degree programmes.  Further study at a higher level will allow you to apply to jobs such as Software Tester, Web developer, Programmer, Data Analyst or management positions in the IT industry.

How will it make me more employable?

This course will provide you with the skills to seek employment in the ICT industry or apply to progress to related degree programmes. Group Learning and Project Based Learning approaches are used to provide additional career skills such as team working and communication skills.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.


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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

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