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.


About this course

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 the 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.

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.

Computing HND – Unit information Year one 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:

Programming This will provide you with the core concepts of programming, with an introduction to algorithms and the characteristics of programming paradigms. You will learn how to define basic algorithms, implement basic algorithms in code using an IDE, determine the debugging process as well as explain the importance of a coding standard.

Networking Gain a 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.

Professional Practice Develop your skills in communication literacy, critical thinking, analysis, reasoning and interpretation, which are crucial for supporting the transition into employment and developing academic competence.

Database Design & Development Develop an understanding of the concepts and issues relating to database design and development and gain the practical skills to translate that understanding into the design and creation of complex databases.

Security Gain the 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.

Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set assignment) Engage in decision-making, problem-solving and research activities using project management skills. You will 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.

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.

Software Development Lifecycles Explore the different decision making in software design and development, including project planning through an actual software development lifecycle. You will also discuss the suitability of software behavioural design techniques.

Website Design & Development Understand the tools to develop websites, utilise website technologies and 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.

Year 2: 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.

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 choices and direction students choose.

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 Lab work that will run on campus at Hammersmith & Fulham college. You will learn in dedicated classrooms and IT labs with the latest software and equipment, including VR headsets and a 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.

Enrolment

We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times. www.wlc.ac.uk/enrol