mobile menu

Apply Now

Order Prospectus

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.



apply online


The Higher Education courses shown on Bolton College’s website are taught by Bolton College on behalf of the University of Bolton. Therefore, all the information applicants and learners provide will be shared between these two organisations. Applicants and learners will receive communication from both the University of Bolton and Bolton College. Student Finance Loan applications should be made using the institution ‘University of Bolton’ not Bolton College.

BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing

  • Introductory Course Information

    more less

    Award: BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing 

    UCAS code: 104G

    Location: Bolton College – Deane Road  

    Awarding Body: Pearson  

    Professional body accreditations: BCS, CompTIA, CISCO, Microsoft, Oracle and AXELOS.

    Duration: 2 Years (full-time)

    Start Date: 21/9/2020

  • Course Overview

    more less

    The Level 5 HND in Computing is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in computing and information technology disciplines which are crucial to organisations in this progressive sector. The course also provides you with key transferable skills which employers are looking for.


    You will be guided throughout your course by our expert tutors to help you gain practical, professional and subject specific skills. Your course will cover the key knowledge required by all computing professionals and cover programming, networking, database design and development, security, professional practice, business intelligence and managing a successful computing project. You'll also be able to advance in your computing knowledge by taking optional units in areas such as games development and advanced programming, which gives you an opportunity to use your creativity transform and manipulate software to create animations and cutting-edge interfaces.


    We'll help you gain crucial skills including problem-solving, providing support to individual computer users and organisations as well as maintaining and managing their online systems.


    You'll also complete an individual research project, where you'll have the opportunity to investigate a current topic relating to 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

    more less

    Course Highlights

    • Our Computing course provides opportunities for you to make progress towards achieving  eligibility for professional body membership and vendor certification professional organisations such as; BCS, CompTIA, CISCO, Microsoft, Oracle and AXELOS.
    • You'll learn in modern computer suites with up-to-date, high spec 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.
    • Upon completion of this programme, you'll be awarded the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing.
    • Bolton College scores highly in student satisfaction surveys for our 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 to help you progress into the world of work, advance in your current role or onto further study.
    • We adopt a 'student-centred' teaching and learning approach. We'll work with you on an individual basis so that you receive tailored support throughout the duration of your studies.
    • We'll give you the opportunity to  attain essential 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 be able to participate in trips to a range of project trips so that you can first hand industry knowledge and insights from guest speakers during your class time.
  • Modules

    more less

    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
    • E-Commerce Strategy
    • Game Design Theory
    • User Experience and User Interface
  • Entry Requirements

    more less
    • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3
    • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above / 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including 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 may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of your work.

  • Career Opportunities

    more less

    This qualification has been developed by Pearson in close partnership with experts from professional bodies, vendors, businesses, universities and colleges so that you can gain the skills necessary to succeed in the future - no matter which route you choose to take.


    What can I do with this qualification?

    The HND in Computing is designed to prepare you for a career in  general computing within roles including; systems analyst, data designer, systems tester, database administrator, IT project manager, IT support technician and web designer.

    You can also progress onto a higher level qualification if you complete the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Computing. You'll qualify to apply for final year top-up programmes including the University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Computing (Top-up). You may even choose to enhance your knowledge of specialist areas and study further in topics such as network engineering, software engineering, data analytics, security, intelligent systems, and applications development.


    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


    Professional Recognition

    Certificate holders qualify for Associate membership of the BCS.

    The BSC represents UK and international IT Professionals and are a member organisation of CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies).

  • Fees & Financial Support

    more less

    For students starting in 20-21, the tuition fees are £5,996.


    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

    more less

    Due to the nature of this HNC programme being so diverse, we use a range of teaching and learning methods, so that you can achieve the relevant concepts, knowledge and skills. To do this we combine classroom learning with student centred and independent living. You will be attending lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities for you to go on site visits to view cutting-edge projects and take part in exciting guest lectures by talented specialists who work in the industry, professional bodies or other academic institutions.


    You will have significant opportunities to spend time with your tutors however, you will still be expected to dedicate a significant amount of time to personal study i.e. You might spend this time engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by professional bodies or working on assignments.


    The assessment methods for your course will vary depending on the learning outcome and the type of module content being assessed. You will be able to test your understanding of the modules informally before completing the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit contains 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 will not count towards your final module/unit mark or grade.


    There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module/unit. Methods include a range of 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.



    We 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

    more less


    September Start

    You can apply directly online by clicking here.


    Please apply through UCAS for September entry. You can find the application form and application guidance notes on the UCAS website.


    You are able to apply to 5 courses through UCAS for a fee of £24. If you want to only apply to one course at one institution, a reduced applicant's fee of £13 will be applied.


    To complete your UCAS application you will need the following information:

    • 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. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you 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

    more less

    Maxine Houghton
    Interim Programme Leader, Bolton College
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482274