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Pearson BTEC HND in Computing

The purpose of the BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing is to enable students to develop industry current skills, to ensure that the future needs of the rapidly evolving IT sector are fully met. This qualification will provide you with knowledge and practical experience in programming, networking, database design and development as well as other core skills required for employment within the computing industry.
Bangor, Lisburn
Level 5

Course Structure

The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake it.

This is achieved by providing a broad range of core computing principles in year 1 and a range of specialist units in year 2.


Modules studied in year 1 include:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Computing Systems Architecture
  • Website Design and Development


Upon successful completion students will progress on to year 2 of the programme where they will study further modules including:

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence


and optional modules from the following:

  • Discrete Maths
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Advanced Programming
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Development
  • Games Development
  • Transport Network Design
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Security
  • Client/Server Computing Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Cryptography
  • Forensics
  • Information Security Management


In addition to the above units you will also work towards a Professional/ Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability within the IT sector. 


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Contact Hours

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

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

22 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Entry Requirements


GCSE English

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

GCSE Maths

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

2 Additional GCSE’s

  • In addition to Maths and English, two additional GCSE’s at Grade C or above are required


A minimum of 64 UCAS points including:

  • A levels
  • OR Level 3 Diploma

Access Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with an overall average of 65+%

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
  • Successful 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?

Assessment is scheduled throughout the course using a combination of assignments and practical work/observations.  Each unit is graded individually with an overall single final grade awarded at the end of the course. 

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include tests, coursework, 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?

This course is designed to prepare students for a career in the computing industry or progression to related degree programmes, normally at second year of entry.


How will it make me more employable?

This course will provide you with the skills to gain employment in the ICT industry or progression to related degree programmes.  The course includes programming using MS Visual Studio.Net (C#), MS SQL Server and Java.  The Industrial Qualification training and Networking Skills included in this course makes it unique in offering the widest possible job opportunities.

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.

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