Course Details

Course Overview

The course covers a broad range of modules which cover the key areas of modern Computing giving you a well-rounded knowledge base and the confidence to work as a professional within new technologies. The range of subjects you will study include computer architecture and networks, event driven programming, network and internet security, database development, digital media, website development and digital forensics

You will also have the opportunity to develop an array of key transferable skills sought after by employers. These include strategic & critical thinking, problem solving, working with others and project management.

How long is the course?

This course is delivered over two years, part-time and commences in September or January. Attendance is expected to be one day per week, typically 9.15am – 4.30pm, although evenings may be included.

What qualification will I achieve?

BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing.

What will I study?

The world of the computing professional is challenging and offers a wide variety of opportunities. This course will give you the skills to develop a career in areas such as computer hardware systems, web site development, programming and database design. This course consists of 120 (Level 4) credits and caters for students who are interested in achieving a Higher Education qualification and pursuing a career in the computing and IT sector.

Study consists of:

 Mandatory core units:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project

 Specialist units:

  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Website Design and Development

Where will I study?

You will study at University Campus Barnsley, Church Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

You will need to provide your own writing material, paper and folder. You will also need a storage device (USB) to save computerised work.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal exams on the BTEC Higher National Certificate.

Assessment methods are assignment based and may include practical projects including presentations and group activities, written reports or research projects.

What can I do next?

Following this course you can progress on to a Computing Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) course, a degree, or go into a computing or IT related profession. This qualification may also enable you to progress to the second year of a degree course dependent on the entry policy of the institution you are applying to and the programme that you are considering.

How do I apply?

Please download an application form.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £2,995 per year.

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

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Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 165 or email

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