Digital & IT
Students aged 16-18 | Adults
What is the course about?
The HND Computing course will continue to build on knowledge acquired on the HNC Computing course to further develop you as a highly qualified and knowledgeable IT professional. This is a specialist technical course with emphasis on work related learning, focusing on key concepts and practical skills required in the sector such as further programming, computer architecture, research skills, and application development.
The programme can be studied full time over one year (attending college two days per week) or part time over two years (attending one day per week).
Why should I choose the course?
The HND Computing provides strong foundations for entry into a wide range of careers in the computing sector. It aims to help you become a highly qualified and knowledgeable IT professional who can meet the requirements of employers for both users and suppliers of computer services.
What will I learn?
The HND consists of the following units:
- Computing research project
- Business intelligence
- Data structures and algorithms
- Application development
- Games development
- Operating systems.
Please note that modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change. We do not guarantee that a non-mandatory unit will always run in any given academic year as options may be dependent on student numbers, sector requirements, and staff expertise.
Units will be assessed using a variety of assessment methods including, projects, portfolios, presentations, case studies, reports, and a research project. Alternative assessment methods may be used where appropriate.
What will the course lead on to?
After completing the HND some students have gone on to employment while others have progressed on to their final year at universities including the University of Chester.
Are there any links with industry and university?
The tutors on the course have connections with universities including the University of Chester. Students may benefit from these valuable partnerships.
What support is available?
All HE students receive termly one-to-one tutorials with their programme leader to support them with their progress on programme. You will also have access to an online tutorial programme which provides guidance on a wide range of topics such as mental health, managing finances, support for single parents, and working online. In addition, you can access a programme of workshops throughout the year to support with topics such as study skills, academic writing, and time management.
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required, and a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support, and help when needed. All HE students have access to a designated progress coach who can also provide welfare support.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
The college offers a very high-quality education for HE students. HE student feedback is strong, and students are highly complimentary of their learning experience. HE students have access to specialist facilities and resources to support their programme of study as well as designated HE learning spaces to support independent study.
Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College we have a team of dedicated, experienced staff who can share their extensive knowledge and skills with you. Learning in a friendly and inclusive environment, you will be fully supported to achieve your goals.
What are the entry requirements?
You must have the following:
- A HNC in Computing, as the HND one year programme is a direct follow on from the HNC.
- A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE English (language or literature)
- A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE maths is also recommended.
Non-native English speakers who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English need to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below. This is necessary before being recruited to the programme, as the programme is both taught and assessed in English:
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- IELTS 5.5; reading and writing must be 5.5.
All HNC/HND programmes require the completion of a personal statement and curriculum-set task prior to an admissions interview being offered. Further information on this will be provided to you upon receipt of your application. You will also be required to provide a reference from one of the following options:
- A previous course leader/teacher (if progressing from a recently attended further or higher education course)
- A recent or current employer
- An appropriate professional who can provide a character reference (if you have not been in recent education or employment).
What are my funding options?
Students applying to study on a Higher Education course can apply for a HE student loan at www.gov.uk/student-finance.
For further finance support and enquiries please visit https://www.wvr.ac.uk/higher-education/higher-education-funding-support/
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
The college provides all students with £3 print credit, any further printing will incur a cost.
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