HND in Computing & Systems Development

Few industries are as dynamic, fast-moving and changeable as Computing and IT. As we approach the 4th Industrial Revolution, preparation is all – and where better to prepare for this exciting future than in our state of the art ICT suite at Tameside College; THE Centre of Excellence in Computing and IT.

Throughout this full time, 2-year study programme, you will establish a comprehensive digital strategy to equip you with the right skills for Industry 4.0 and future-proof your employment opportunities for an as yet undreamt of workforce in the Global future.

You will engage in a variety of innovative Information Technology and Computing topics which ideal for students who wish to further their studies at higher levels or begin a career in a growth industry which involves jobs such as social media managers, coders and developers plus network engineers.

This 2-year course is a full-time programme which comprises of 16 modules studied over 2 years. You will learn through a variety of teaching methods which will aim to meet the needs of each individual and accommodate different learning styles for example, case studies, assessments, group work, practical work, projects, extended writing and interactive activities. Learners complete the HNC qualification in year one and the HND in year 2.

Throughout the course you will study 16 units in total that include:

●  Programming

●  Networking

●  Professional Practice

●  Database Design & Development

●  Cyber Security

●  Managing a Successful Computing Project

●  Strategic Information Systems

●  Website Design & Development

●  Computing Research Project

●  Business Intelligence

●  Systems Analysis & Design

●  Games Development

●  Advanced Programming

●  E-Commerce & Strategy

●  Database Management Systems
Greater Manchester has a vital and growing IT and Digital industries sector with key developments such as Media City that are driving job creation. There are more opportunities than ever to become an I.T. professional and to develop an exciting and potentially prosperous career in I.T. and Computing. The field of I.T. and Computing are constantly evolving – new developments in I.T. infrastructure in retail, manufacturing, business systems and the web means that there will always be the demand for well qualified and experienced I.T. professionals. By undertaking the Pearson Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Computing you can build a strong foundation of essential knowledge and hands-on practical skills to ensure that you are well positioned to enter or progress further in I.T. and Computing job roles.

The course is taught by expert teaching staff with a wide range of industrial experience. Learning in state of the art rooms, learners will use industry standard software and hardware and have access to extensive VLE with resources and online submission. There is also a games design & development studio with VR technologies.

At Tameside College we recognise that your outcome from your programme should be finding the perfect job role or progressing on your career path, so we develop your employability skills alongside your Computing and IT knowledge.
Extended diploma in IT or Computing at MPP or 3 A levels at grades DDE (64 UCAS points) or relevant industrial experience.
This course is assessed through written and practical assignments. In year 2 you will also undertake a research project.

All units are ‘paperless’ with assignment submission, marking and feedback all provided through our VLE (virtual learning environment). We use a wide range of assessment methods such as discussions, presentations, written work, video and audio evidence.

There is mandatory work experience embedded into this programme that will be integral to developing the employability skills of each learner.
On successful completion of this qualification you can progress to:

●  Employment in the IT industry

●  University undergraduate top-up in a Computing discipline
Financial support could be available through Student Finance England.
Course Code:
Computing & IT
Tameside One
1 Year
(Wed 9:00am-3:00pm & Thu 9:00am-12:00pm & Fri 9:00am-2:00pm)

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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