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Amersham & Wycombe College Buckinghamshire

HND in Computing & Systems Development

Course Code AB5219

Campus Amersham Campus

Start Date 19/09/2016

End Date 23/06/2018

Duration 2 Years

Course Level for an explanation of levels, please click here

Loan Available Yes

Who is the course for?

You should hold an appropriate grade at a Level 3 computing course (or the equivalent 3 A-levels). This course is an excellent way to develop your skills and knowledge in this area.

Edexcel BTEC HNDs offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development, alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

What will this course lead to?

You can either progress on to a top up year for a full higher education qualification, go on to an apprenticeship, or go directly into work in the IT sector.

Course content includes

Business Skills for e-Commerce: You will develop an understanding of the structure and aims of business organisations, and an understanding of the impact of - and be able to design - e-Commerce solutions.

Computer Systems: The course looks at the function and design of computer systems. You will build and configure computer systems, as well undertaking routine maintenance.

Employability and Professional Development: You will learn to take responsibility for your own personal and professional development, and develop interpersonal and transferable skills in working with others and developing strategies for problem solving.

Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

There are further optional units which may include: Systems Analysis and Design, Digital Media, Web Design, Object Oriented Programming, Designing a SOHO Network, Programming, WAN Technologies, Computer Games Design and Development, Digital Imaging, Web Applications Development.

Entry requirements

You will be over 18, you will have achieved a BTEC Level 3 qualification in a related discipline (e.g. IT Practitioners, Software or Networks), grade level MMM or above. Alternatively, 3 A-Levels at ‘C’ Grade or above and GCSE (or equivalent) in English & Maths at Grade ‘C’ or above are acceptable. Mature students will need to have a skillset related to the course: for example, software development, web design, digital media or networking.

How will I be assessed?

The HND is continuously assessed throughout the course, through a series of coursework assignments. Emphasis is placed on the ability to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of your topics.

What equipment/materials do I need to buy?

You will need to have a computer with appropriate software loaded for the course. This will include the current Microsoft Office suite. Any other software requirements will be discussed with you at your interview. Some of the reading list will be available on the College library system.

Do I need to join a professional organisation?


Fees and costs

For candidates aged 16-18 years old
Tuition fees £5950.00, Exam fee £0.00, Extra costs Approximately £100.00

For candidates aged 19 years and older
Tuition fees £5950.00, Exam fee £0.00, Extra costs Approximately £100.00

International (non EU) students, please call + 44 1494 585555 for information about fees, costs and how to apply

Fees are normally due for payment on enrolment, however some courses can be paid for by instalments, please contact the Course Information Team for details.

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