Course overview

Computing HNC City of Bristol College

This course is has been designed for those who wish to pursue a career in the technical side of computing including software development, installation and support.

Studying this HNC will allow you to explore fundamental computing principles and enable you to become more employable in a popular and ever-growing sector.

The Pearson HNC in Computing is equivalent to the first year of a degree and a stepping stone to achieving the HND in Computing (Network Engineering).


Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course could be an option for people who have had time out, or wish to change career and have some relevant experience with the subject.

What you'll learn

You will study the following core units:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design
  • Security
  • Computer Project Management

Optional units, with a focus on progressing to the HND in Computing (Network Engineering) could include:

  • Computer System Architecture
  • Maths for Computing

Course entry requirements

To join the course, you will need 56 UCAS points (via any of the following):

  • Level 3 BTEC Computing or a related subject
  • A Levels e.g. Computer Science
  • Access to HE qualification

You will also need to have:

  • GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills Level 2
  • Students with English as a second language will need an IELTS score of 6 or above

Practical experience from learners that don’t meet the above criteria will be considered.

Please note you will require an interview for enrolment onto this course.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including group work and course work.

Future career and study opportunities

You could progress to the Level 5 HND in Computing (Network Engineering).

HNC and HNDs are well known among employers. There is a great demand for Computing and High Tech jobs in the South West. There are varied careers available such as programmers, IT managers, tech support and web developers.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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