Computing & IT
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

This course is for anyone interested in developing the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the computing sector and prepares learners for employment in the IT and computing industries and will be suitable for learners who have already decided that they wish to enter this area of work. Some adult learners may wish to make the commitment required by this qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment in IT or decide to continue their education with a top-up third year on an appropriate course at university.

This course is designed for progression to University and/or progression into industry. Once you have a degree, there is a wide range of Computing, IT and Retail-based careers open to you. The precise nature of your possible career options depend on the degree course you complete.

The programme is made up of computing and system development modules plus a personal tutorial and English support. NB - Students will be enrolled on the HNC in Year 1. Please note that progression onto the full HND (Year 2) is subject to completion of the HNC by the end of the first year of study.

Modules over 2 years (HNC and HND) amongst others may include:

  • Business Skills for e-Commerce
  • Web Design
  • Digital Image Creation and Development/ 2D/ 3D modelling
  • Computer Games and Design Development
  • Procedural programming
  • Information systems
  • Networking Technologies
  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Programming in Java
Entry Requirements

One of the following Level 3 qualifications:

BTEC L3 Extended/Diploma Access to HE Diploma 1 A level or 2 AS levels. Work based qualifications will also need learners to be working in the relevant sector. Some courses will have specific entry requirements. Mature students who do not meet the entry criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience, passing the course entrance assessment and successful interview. If first language is not English, learners should have a minimum of 5.5 in IELTS for alongside a UK or equivalent international qualification.

Assessment Method

Each module is assessed using a variety of assessment methods. You will be required to demonstrate creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection, time management and effective communication skills. Each module carries a number of assessments. Depending on the module you will be assessed through combinations of the following, formal reports, presentations, in-class and practice tests, case studies and reflective statements. Our projects and assignment scenarios are designed to meet university standards, preparing you fully for degree level study.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the HNC in Year 1, learners will progress to the HND in Year 2.

What other opportunities will I have? The BTEC HNC Diploma and HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development offer a progression route to the professional qualifications offered by the British Computer Society (BCS).

Learners who completed this course went on to On successful completion of the Level 5 HND, students will have the opportunity to apply to study for a full degree. The qualification can lead to employment in a number of careers in the IT sector.

Why choose our College? We have strong links with partner universities. Our tuition fees are lower than universities. We support our students through smaller classes and careers advice on progression to either employment or university. We are located within walking distance of London Underground and mainline rail stations. We have excellent facilities including a common room exclusively for Higher Education students. We offer financial support with grants, loans and bursaries that you may be eligible for.

Study Methods

The course is a blend of lectures and Lab work that will run on campus, research based subjects can be off site as well as on site. Learning will take place at Hammersmith & Fulham College and will include team projects. You will learn in dedicated classrooms and IT labs with the latest software and equipment including Adobe Suite software along with Maya & Unity (3D modelling).

Normal week : 3 days a week.
Additional sessions: evenings and weekends for enrichment programmes such as World skills preparations and preparations for Seminars and exhibitions. Employer Involvement: As part of the course curriculum delivery employer visits and guest speakers are arranged to enhance and contextualise learning where appropriate.


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