The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma

HND in Computing

Intakes: July 8, 2019

Course Summary

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals, and to constantly change the world. BTEC qualification is awarded by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognized and benchmarked.

BTEC is the world’s most successful and best-loved applied learning brands, engaging student’s in practical, interpersonal and thinking skills for more than thirty years.

Pearson BTECs are work-related qualifications for students taking their first steps into employment or for those who have already been in employment and seeking career development opportunities. Pearson BTECs provide progression into the workplace either directly or via study at university and are also designed to meet employer’s needs. 

Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are therefore widely recognized by industry and higher education as the principal of professional qualifications in technology at Levels 4 and 5.

Who is this qualification for?

The Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Computing are aimed for students who want to continue their education through applied learning. Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the computing sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in computing.

In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the computing sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in computing gives students experience of the breath and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

Flexible choice of subject areas

The new HND qualifications in Computing offer a choice of two specialist pathways at level 5, with a range of general and specialist units, core and optional:

  • Pearson BTEC Level5 Higher National Diploma in Computing (Network Engineering)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing (Software Engineering)

Each unit has a clear purpose:

  • To cater for the increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at levels 4 and 5, providing students with a clear line of sight to employment or progression to a degree at level 6.
  • Each Pathway consists of a total of 120 credits at level 5, delivered via core, specialist and optional units. All pathway permits a degree of optionality.

Unit Structure of Software Engineering Specialization

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing (Software Engineering)

BTEC HND Year One (120 Credits)
ModuleUnit NoSubject TitleCredits
1st Semester (9 months)1Programming15
2Networking15
3Professional Practice15
11Maths for Computing15
2nd Semester (5 months)4Database Design & Development15
5Security15
6Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set)15
10Website Design and Development15
BTEC HND Year Two (120 Credits)
ModuleUnit NoSubject TitleCredits
1st Semester (5 months)37Architecture15
19Data Structure & Algorithms15
18Discrete Maths15
20Advanced Programming15
2nd Semester (5 months)34System Analysis and Design15
14Business Intelligence15
13Computing Research Project(Pearson-set)30

Unit Structure of Network Engineering Specialization

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing (Network Engineering)

BTEC HND Year One (120 Credits)
ModuleUnit NoSubject TitleCredits
1st Semester (9 months)1Programming15
2Networking15
3Professional Practice15
11Maths for Computing15
2nd Semester (5 months)4Database Design & Development15
5Security15
6Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set)15
10Website Design and Development15
BTEC HND Year Two (120 Credits)
ModuleUnit NoSubject TitleCredits
1st Semester (5 months)37Architecture15
15Transport Network Design15
17Network Security15
16Cloud Computing15
2nd Semester (5 months)23Cryptography15
14Business Intelligence15
13Computing Research Project(Pearson-set)30

We provide both transferable employability skills and academic study skills

Students need both relevant qualifications and employability skills to enhance their career prospects and to contribute to their personal development.

Pearson BTEC Higher National Computing qualifications embed the development of key skills throughout the programme: attributes and strengths required by 21st century employers.

Where employability skills are refered to in this specification, this generally referred to skills in three main categories:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems by applying expert and creative solutions, using of systems and digital technology, generating and communicating ideas creatively.
  • Intra-personal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and self-development, self-analysis and reflection, planning and prioritising.
  • Interpersonal skills: effective communications and articulation of information, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.

Professional courses developed collaboratively with subject experts

With input from industry, employers, professional bodies, tutors, students, and higher education institutions, your new Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals have been designed to better meet the needs of a changing market. The result is a qualification suite designed and developed to meet professional standards, recognized by employers and universities, which develop not only academic skills and abilities, but also work-readiness skills.

The objectives of the redevelopment of the BTEC Higher Nationals have been to ensure:

  • Employment encourage
  • Work relatedness
  • Opportunities for progression to further higher education
  • Alignment with UK higher education expectations and
  • Qualifications which are up to date with current professional practice and including professional accreditation and opportunities to gain vendor certification where possible.

Progression Opprtunities

This qualifications aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the Computing sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Gaining vendor certification
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or
  • Progressing to university

The new qualifications also include the opportunity for students to put themselves forward to take vendor certification assessments. We have worked closely with the following vendor to offer these opportunities: CompTIA, CISCO, Microsoft, Oracle, AXELOS.

Assessment Strategy

Pearson BTECs combine a student-centered approach with a flexible, unit-based structure. Students require to apply their knowledge to a variety of assignments and activities, with a focus on the holistic development of practical, interpersonal and higher-level thinking skills. Assessment reflects not only what the student knows but also what he or she can do to succeed in employment and higher education in an ethical manner.

Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals have always allowed for a variety of forms of assessment evidence to be used, provided they are suited to the type of learning outcomes being assessed. For many units, the practical demonstration of skills is necessary and, for others, students will need to carry out their own research and analysis, working independently or as part of a team.

Resource

We are providing a wealth of support to ensure that tutors and students have the best possible experience during their course. We have worked with students and tutors worldwide to create an effective and interactive community for our qualifications, called HND Global, an exciting new online platform created by Pearson to engage with Higher National students and tutors around the world. Pearson also offers Study Skills units to all learners- an online toolkit accessed on HN Global that supports the delivery, assessment and quality assurance of BTECs in centers.

About the Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 35,000 employees in more than 79 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. We put the learner at the center of everything we do, because wherever learning flourishes, so do people.

Detailed information: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

  • Study mode

Level 5 Top-Up

  • Length

2 Year (Level 5)

  • Campus

iNet College

  • School Hour

9 am to 4 pm

  • School Days

Mon to Thurs

  • Awarding institution

Pearson

  • RQF Level

Level 5

  • Intake

July 8, 2019

B.Sc. in Computing
BTEC HND in Computing
Pre University Program
Programming Course
Networking Course
Application Course
Certification Course

University Partnerships

Diploma Awarding Partner