Computing & IT
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2018/19) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


Course code: 099I
Institution code: E10

Applications for HND courses must be submitted through UCAS. To apply, register with UCAS and submit your application on the UCAS website.

We will contact you for an interview, and if successful, you will be offered a place on the course with an unconditional offer if you’ve already met the entry requirements, or a conditional offer if the offer is based on your exam results.

If you are made an offer and you accept it, you will be invited to enrol at the College. Once enrolled you will start your course in September and begin your journey to getting the career you want!


About this course

We are proud to introduce the new HND in Computing for 2019! This new and updated course brings many new changes and updates from the student voice, and from the many employers local to the college.

The course offers a stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable to students. The updated course offers a much more simplified structure which allows a grounding in the roots of the computing specialisation, with students having an option to choose one of the 6 specialist pathways in their second year.

This course is designed for those who wish to pursue or advance their career in computing sector and provides a solid grounding for further study or training. There are several options open to learners on completion of this course, including a top-up degree, employment and traineeships.

Course Content

The course is taught by specialist teachers who will give you experience of the computing sector using 8 Units a year, taught over two semesters.

First Year: In the first year students target key aspects of the computing sector at Level 4 through six core units (these are mandatory), which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set project. This will enable them to fully understand the industry and prepare them for making the transition to the second year.

The units are: Unit 1 - Programming Unit Code: D/615/1618 Unit Information: The aim of this unit is to provide students with to the core concepts of programming with an introduction to algorithms and the characteristics of programming paradigms.

On successful completion of this unit a learner will: LO1. Define basic algorithms to carry out an operation and outline the process of programming an application. LO2. Explain the characteristics of procedural, object-oriented and event-driven programming, conduct an analysis of a suitable Integrated Development Environment (IDE). LO3. Implement basic algorithms in code using an IDE. LO4. Determine the debugging process and explain the importance of a coding standard.

Unit 2 - Networking Unit Code: H/615/1619 Unit Information: The aim of this unit is to provide students with wider background knowledge of computer networking essentials, how they operate, protocols, standards, security considerations and the prototypes associated with a range of networking technologies.

On successful completion of this unit a learner will: LO1. Examine networking principles and their protocols. LO2. Explain networking devices and operations. LO3. Design efficient networked systems. LO4. Implement and diagnose networked systems

Unit 3: Professional Practice Unit Code: Y/615/1620 Unit Information: The aim of this unit is to develop skills in communication literacy, critical thinking, analysis, reasoning and interpretation, which are crucial for supporting the transition into employment and developing academic competence.

On successful completion of this unit a learner will: LO1. Demonstrate a range of interpersonal and transferable communication skills to a target audience. LO2. Apply critical reasoning and thinking to a range of problem-solving scenarios. LO3. Discuss the importance and dynamics of working within a team and the impact of team working in different environments. LO4. Examine the need for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and its role within the workplace and for higher level learning.

Unit 4: Database Design & Development Unit Code: H/615/1622 Unit Information: The aim of this unit is to give students opportunities to develop an understanding of the concepts and issues relating to database design and development, as well as to provide the practical skills to translate that understanding into the design and creation of complex databases.

On successful completion of this unit a learner will: LO1. Use an appropriate design tool to design a relational database system for a substantial problem. LO2. Develop a fully functional relational database system, based on an existing system design. LO3. Test the system against user and system requirements. LO4. Produce technical and user documentation.

Unit 5: Security Unit Code: K/615/1623 Unit Information: The aim of this unit is to provide students with knowledge of security, associated risks and how security breaches impact on business continuity. Students will examine security measures involving access authorisation, regulation of use implementing contingency plans and devising security policies and procedures.

On successful completion of this unit a learner will: LO1. Assess risks to IT security. LO2. Describe IT security solutions. LO3. Review mechanisms to control organisational IT security. LO4. Manage organisational security.

Unit 6: Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set assignment) Unit Code: T/615/1625 Unit Information: The aim of this unit is to engage students in decision-making, problem-solving and research activities using project management skills. They will have the fundamental knowledge and skills to enable them to investigate and examine relevant computing concepts within a work-related context, determine appropriate outcomes, decisions or solutions and present evidence to various stakeholders in an acceptable and understandable format.

On successful completion of this unit a learner will: LO1. Establish project aims, objectives and timeframes based on the chosen theme. LO2. Conduct small-scale research, information gathering and data collection to generate knowledge to support the project. LO3. Present the project and communicate appropriate recommendations based on meaningful conclusions drawn from the evidence findings and/or analysis. LO4. Reflect on the value gained from conducting the project and its usefulness to support sustainable organisational performance

The first year of the course also includes two specialist industry units, which will be completed as part of your study. The importance of these units allows students to progress and specialise further in their second year.

Unit 9: Software Development Lifecycles Unit Code: J/615/1631 Unit Information: The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the different decision making in software design and development, including project planning through an actual software development lifecycle.

On successful completion of this unit a learner will: LO1. Describe different software development lifecycles. LO2. Explain the importance of a feasibility study. LO3. Undertake a software development lifecycle. LO4. Discuss the suitability of software behavioural design techniques.

Unit 10: Website Design & Development Unit Code: T/508/0495 Unit Information: The aim of this unit is to understand the tools to develop websites, utilise website technologies, techniques with good design principles to create a multipage website and create and use a Test Plan to review the performance and design of a multipage website.

On successful completion of this unit a learner will: LO1. Explain server technologies and management services associated with hosting and managing websites. LO2. Categorise website technologies, tools and software used to develop websites. LO3. Utilise website technologies, tools and techniques with good design principles to create a multipage website. LO4. Create and use a Test Plan to review the performance and design of a multipage website.

Second Year: In the second year students will be given a more specialised view of their chosen direction in the computing sector, which will include 2 mandatory units set by Pearson. These units are subject to change depending on the needs and requirements of the industry. Students will be given the opportunity to select a pathway, which will be specially developed alongside our industry partners.

The course will also develop a broad range of transferable skills, which include communicating, teamwork, planning & organising, problem solving, IT skills and numerical techniques.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and maths at A* to C (or equivalent) and a UCAS Tariff score of 48-64 from a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution in maths, physics, engineering, science, computer science, electronic systems or similar. All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

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.

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, product portfolio, 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

Further Study: 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. Most of our students choose to complete the final year of a degree to fully prepare them for graduate level roles in industry.

Job Opportunity: The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the computing sector. Previous students have successfully gained employment in the following roles: network administrator, IT help desk, application developer, Network Engineer, Computer Service and Repair Technician, Network Manager, Software Developer, Business Analyst, Web Developer, etc.

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, workshops and Laboratory work that will run on campus at Hammersmith & Fulham college. You will learn in dedicated classrooms with the latest software and equipment, including VR headsets and our specialist Hardware Lab.

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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