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, full-time and commences in September or January. Attendance is expected to be across two days per week, typically 9.00am – 4.30pm although evenings may be included.

What qualification will I achieve?

BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma 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, database design and digital forensics.   This course consists of 240 (Level 4 and Level 5 combined) 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
  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence

 Specialist units:

  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Website Design & Development
  • Advanced Programming
  • Systems Analysis & Design
  • Database Management Systems
  • Forensics
  • Emerging Technologies

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 Diploma course. 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?

This qualification may enable you to progress to a top up degree in a subject related area, undertake an apprenticeship or seek employment in a computing or IT related profession.

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 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. For further details go to:

A Maintenance Loan of up to £6,904 per year will be available to eligible students living with parents or up to £8,200 per year to those living away from home. EU Students cannot apply.

Students with children or dependent adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

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Disability and Dyslexia Service

If you have a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia) you may be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances. For further details go to:

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service works to provide you with the adjustments needed in response to your diagnosis; a range of study strategies will be fully explored with you so that we can offer you a positive experience at UCB whatever your disability or health issue. For more information please visit the Disability and Dyslexia Service page.

Further information

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

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