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

We are proud to introduce the new HND in Computing for 2017! 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 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.

The units are:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set Assignment)
  • Specialist units
  • Software Development Lifecycles
  • Website Design & Development

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.


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.