If you wish to apply for this course you will have completed a minimum of a Level 3 Diploma in ICT with a grade of Merit of higher, or achieved the equivalent UCAS points through A-Levels. In order to be successful on this programme you will ideally have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade C or higher in English and Maths.
If you do not meet the requirements outlined above and you are working in the IT sector you may have developed the necessary skills and experience to be able to complete this course successfully. If you feel this applies to you please dont be put off by the entry requirements and arrange an interview to discuss the course with a tutor.
BTEC Level 4 HNCs provide a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress into higher education. The skills you will develop while studying this qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.
Although the Higher National qualifications are primarily undertaken by part-time learners studying over two years at Central Bedfordshire College it is offered as full-time to assist learners who have completed Level 3 and are still not ready for work or have secured an Apprenticeship.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to progress their skills and knowledge in the varied Computing sector. The BTEC Higher Nationals are aimed at candidates who favour a more practical based learning experience and are typically considered to be part of a vocational pathway.
This course is suitable for you if you feel that University is not currently the right option for you and you would like to further develop you skills and expertise on a programme that is valued by the sector.
This course is also suitable and highly desirable for those working in the sector looking to upskill or add a Higher Education qualification to their resume.
This course prepares you with skills and knowledge in a variety of topics that will prepare you for the next level of education or a job in the Computer industry. The programme is split into two semesters that run for a full year. The units of study are outlined below: Semester 1 Unit 1 Business Skills for e-Commerce Unit 2 Computer Systems Unit 3 Employability and Professional Development Unit 4 Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation Semester 2 Unit 13 Multimedia Design and Authoring Unit 14 Website Design Unit 15 Website Management Unit 19 Object Oriented Programming The assessment methods used for this programme includes a diverse range of activities including online assessment, written assignments and practical exams to demonstrate competency.
Development of Maths and English
During your time studying on the BTEC Higher Nationals you will have the opportunity to develop your Maths, English and Employability Skills in the following ways:
- You will develop and demonstrate a sound working knowledge of relevant policy, legislation and service provision, together with in-depth knowledge of specialised areas of study and the ability to recognise when legislation in relevant for different areas in the IT sector and wider business world.
- You will develop your written and oral communication skills as you complete assignments and project work with your peers to enhance your future employability, and promote critical thinking skills giving you the confidence to question and reason information received.
- You will develop your Maths and computational reasoning skills as you work through your modules. You will find that as your diagnostic and troubleshooting skills are refined your critical thinking and reasoning will develop too. Many employers have cited these skills as being important to the holistic development our students and helps make you a more rounded individual.
- You will develop and apply your knowledge and learning to practical tasks and activities that are designed to simulate the working environment. On occasion you will also have the opportunity to work on Live briefs as supplied by our industrial links.
- You will develop your research and reflective skills as you complete your programme and identify the developments and applications of Computing Systems in the modern world across a range of industrial contexts. As part of your studies you will be encouraged to consider how the sector can be developed and how you might influence these changes.
- You are encouraged and will be supported in completing a Work Placement.
Employability Skills Development
You will develop skills that have been identified by employers and you will have the chance to work with and be taught by people that have or are currently working in the Computer sector.
How will the course be taught?
You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced IT professionals who will use a wide variety of teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level. Lectures, discussions, independent research, industrial case studies, e-Learning modules and practical activates to develop vocational skills.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Every student has access to a Personal Tutor who will meet with them on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress and have no issues with the course or college. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback, help you manage your workload and meet college expectations.
The college also uses an online monitoring system that will show attendance, grades and track progress on assignment submissions so that all learners are able to monitor their own progress 24/7.
Are there any additional costs?
There are very few additional course costs for learners beyond the fee. You will need basic stationery and a reliable USB Stick. The college has an excellent Learning Resource Centre that includes an extensive library of books as well as good IT facilities, so if you dont have access to the internet at home, you can complete your work in college. It is also recommended that you speak with your tutor/s and considered some of the suggested reading material. There may also be costs associated with trips should they be considered relevant to your studies.
What course can I do next?
After completing the HNC Certificate in Computing and Systems Development you can progress to:
HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development Foundation Degree Higher Apprenticeship
Where can I get further support / advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk
How do I join the course?
Fill in the Online Application Form and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the tutors.