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BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing

Higher Education

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors at Level 4. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

Description

At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector through six core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment.

The units are:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set unit).

Students will also study 2 further optional units selected by the college.

Teaching

Sessions are delivered using a varying range of formats and teaching and learning strategies. This includes the use of lectures, seminars, presentations, workshops, in class debates and role play. Learners throughout the course are encouraged to be independent and autonomous consequently there is significant focus and emphasis on independent study, which combined with taught sessions will stand learners in good stead to achieve their potential.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess BTEC National Certificate or BTEC National Diploma in a related subject or two A Level passes or one A Level pass with four GCSE grades A-C or 9-4 including English and Maths or relevant work experience. All applicants will be interviewed, where you will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment. Mature applicants (aged over 21 years) without formal qualifications but with appropriate relevant vocational experience are also welcome to apply. If English is not your first language, you will also need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or above.

Interview Process

An interview with a specialist tutor is required in order ascertain suitability for the course. You must satisfy vocational tutors at interview of your suitability and potential to succeed.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing are assessed using a combination of internally assessed centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked bycentres) and internally assessed Pearson-set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by centres). Pearson-set assignments are mandatory and target particular industry-specific skills.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Graduates successfully completing the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of computing. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competenceand problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to computing, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource. Students completing the level 4 will be able to apply for the HND in Computing, in addition to opening up a range of employment opportunities.

Support

Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team will provide help and advice for applicants, both before enrolment and during your study, including: financial advice, applications for grants and student loans, assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel.

During Your Study

You may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. Careers and student advisors are also available to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing into work or on to study at a higher level. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2017
  • Hours per week: 13 hours per week
  • Days: tbc
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 5.00 pm
  • Duration: 1 Year (30 weeks)
  • Course Fees: £7000 per year All full time higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422-399367. The college has an Access to Learning Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties. All part time higher education students should contact our guidance team on 01422-399367 for advice and guidance on course fees.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker

Qualifications

  • Level: Level 4/HNC
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing
  • Awarding Body: Pearson

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