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HNC Computing and Systems Development

The HNC Computing and Systems Development is suitable for those who would like to progress from a level 3 qualification in Computing or ITQ, or those already working in the industry who would like to build their understanding of key concepts in computing.

It will also provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career progression in computing and systems development. It equips students with the skills needed to function effectively in the business world in the provision of computing and IT systems for the support of the information requirements of organisations.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has start dates in September and February.

You will attend College part-time on a Monday and Wednesday evening for two years.

What will I study?

The HNC Computing and Systems Development has three mandatory modules:

  • Computer Systems
  • Business Skills for e-Commerce
  • Employability and Professional Development

You will also study a further five modules especially tailored to meet the current skills shortages in the IT industry.

  • Procedural Programming
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Website Design
  • Web Applications Development
  • Computer Games Design and Development

How is it assessed?

The course is assessed entirely through coursework. A variety of assessment methods will be used which will enable you to meet the learning outcomes for the module and experience a range of methods in preparation for further study or employment. This includes written essays, reports, presentations, and practical assignments.

All coursework is subject to verification by the awarding body.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

All applications will be considered but for entry, it would be advantageous to hold either some relevant work experience or a level 3 qualification in a related subject as well as GCSEs at grade C or above in English and maths.

What are the course fees?

Tuition fees for this undergraduate qualification are £2,400 per annum for students enrolling in academic year 2017/18.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. Alternatively, your employer may agree to cover the costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible students, together with details of how to apply for finance can be found on our financial support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

The HNC in Computing and Systems Development provides a progression route to an HND or a path to a degree.

It will also offer a progression route to a number of roles in the IT and computing sector. This may include website development, website management, software and application development design and many more careers.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email enquire @ sthelens.ac.uk or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Steve Hibbert



Why study Computing and IT with us?

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Impress future employers and universities by gaining MOS status alongside your course.


Tutors are passionate about the subjects they teach with years of experience.

Progression Routes

Progress onto university, an apprenticeship or into employment.

Valuable Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience in the computing and IT industry to boost your CV. 

Diverse Range of Skills

You'll learn everything from programming and web design to multimedia application production.

Technical Support

You'll have access to the latest software to help you get the most out of your course.