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Computing & IT HND

We're living in a digital age which makes IT the career of the future.


Computer technology is increasingly embedded in business processes and society, which means there are always opportunities for suitably qualified professionals.


Our computer suites offer the latest high-spec equipment and software. Choose a higher education programme in computing and IT, and you're choosing to be part of a growing and evolving sector, integral to the modern world.



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BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing

  • Introductory Course Information

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    Award: BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing 

    UCAS Code: I610 

    Location: Bolton College – Deane Road  

    Location of PlacementN/A 

    Awarding BodyPearson  

    Professional body accreditations: None 

    Duration2 Years (full-time)

    Start Date16/09/2019

  • Course Overview

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    The Computing HND Level 5 programme is designed to develop your knowledge and skills across a range of computing and information technologies which play a major role in the running of businesses. This course also aims to help you gain key transferable skills which are highly valued by employers.


    Throughout this course, our team of expert tutors will guide you as you gain knowledge as well as practical, professional and subject specific skills. Your studies will focus on the core knowledge that this is required by all computing professionals, including; programming ,networking, database design and development, security, professional practice, business intelligence and how to manage a successful computing project. You'll also be able to further your knowledge by taking optional units in areas such as games development and advances programming so you can put your creativity into action and manipulate software to create animations and cutting-edge interfaces.


    We'll help you learn essential skills including problem-solving, supporting individual computer users and organisation and maintaining / managing their online systems. You'll undertake an individual research project, where you'll explore a relevant and current topical aspect of computing in the context of a business environment. We'll support you as you develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills, and gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills ready for employment or further study.

  • Course Highlights & Key Features

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    Course Highlights

    • The course provides opportunities for you to make progress towards achieving eligibility for professional body membership and vendor certification, with organisations such as the BCS, CompTIA, CISCO, Microsoft, Oracle and AXELOS.
    • The computer suites at Bolton College offer up-to-date, high-specification equipment and software.
    • We’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement during the summer break – this is recommended but is not a course requirement.
    • On successful completion of this programme you’ll be awarded a Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing.
    • Bolton College scores highly in student satisfaction surveys for its HE provision, and we take pride in being able to offer you the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced staff.

    Key Features

    • This course offers essential subject knowledge that you’ll need to progress successfully within or into the world of work or onto further study.
    • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to develop and enhance crucial skills such as communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability, and social, public and ethical responsibility.
    • You’ll have the chance to take part in project trips to gain first-hand experience in the industry; and gain knowledge and insights from guest speakers during class time.
  • Modules

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    The modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

    • Programming
    • Networking
    • Professional Practice
    • Database Design and Development
    • Security
    • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson Set)
    • Computer Systems Architecture
    • Website Design and Development
    • Computing Research Project (Pearson Set)
    • Business Intelligence
    • Advanced Programming
    • Network Security
    • Emerging Technologies
    • Games Development
    • Operating Systems
  • Entry Requirements

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    • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3
    • 2 GCSEs at grade C or above / 4 to 9 (or equivalent) in English and maths
    • Entry is also available to those who have extensive relevant work experience within the IT sector - if you don't have the academic qualifications required but have extensive appropriate work experience, we'll consider your application.
    • If English isn't your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications - click here to find out more.

    You'll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of your work.

  • Career Opportunities

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    This qualification has been developed by Pearson closely with experts from employers, vendors, professional bodies, universities and colleges so that you'll gain the skills necessary to success in this area.


    What can I do with this qualification?

    This qualification prepares you for a career in roles such as systems analyst, data designer, systems tester, database administrator, IT project manager, It support technician and web designer.

    You can also progress onto higher education if you complete the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Computing. You will be able to apply for final year top-up programmes such as the University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Computing (Top-up). Further study in specialist areas such as network engineering, software engineering, data analytics, security, intelligent systems and applications development should also be possible.


    Other career options:

    • Digital copywriting
    • IT sales
    • IT training
    • Teaching
    • Research and development
    • Network engineering
    • Product management
    • Technical writing
    • Social media management
    • Cyber security
    • Information systems management
    • Games development

    Holders of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing are eligible for Associate Membership of the BCS. The BCS represents IT professionals both in the UK and internationally and are a member organisation of CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies).

  • Fees & Financial Support

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    The fees for this course will be confirmed soon. 


    Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides Progression Awards for students who progress from a level 3 Bolton College course onto a HE Bolton College course. For further information on the Progression Award, click here. To find out more about financial support, please click here.


    Useful links for Bolton College Regulations, Policies and Procedures:  If you need information regarding any of the HE policies and procedures or how to make a complaint or appeal then please visit our key strategies and framework page

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment

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    The varied nature of this HND programme means that we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. In order to ensure you acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, we combine timetabled classes with student-centred and independent learning. You can expect to attend lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to go on site visits to view state-of-the-art projects, and attend guest lectures by specialists from industry, professional bodies or other academic institutions.


    There are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and technicians during timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials. However, we’ll still expect you to devote a significant amount of time to personal study. For example, this time might be spent engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by professional bodies or working on assignments.


    We use a range of assessment methods, depending upon the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You’ll have opportunities to test your understanding of subjects informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit will normally contain at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you’ll receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades/marks you receive for them do not count toward your module/unit mark or grade.


    There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module/unit. Methods include a range of coursework assessment such as exams, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, and final year major project. The grades from the formal assessments count towards your module/unit mark or grade.



    The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


    Assessment methods


    Assessment method

    Level One

    Coursework (100%)

    Level Two

    Coursework (100%)


    Learning activities


    Learning activity

    Level One

    Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

    Level Two

    Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

  • How To Apply

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    September Start

    Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

    The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

    You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

    You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

    • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

    • Institution Code Number: B44



    How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

    1. Apply direct to the University of Bolton. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click here to be directed to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
    2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
    3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only –

    Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

  • Contact Us

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    For any course queries, please contact 

    Maxine Houghton (Curriculum Leader 
    Tel: 01204 482 274