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Computing HNC (Networking)

Develop a career in one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK with a specialism in Networking.

Full time and part time study options available

  • STUDY MODE Full-Time
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What will I do?

The HNC Computing course is a higher-level course that concentrates on developing the skills to succeed in industry and prepares you for work in the digital sector.

Higher Nationals are well-recognised qualifications that show you are working to university-level standard. A HNC is the equivalent to the first year of a degree programme (Level 4). Completion of the HNC Computing course could lead to the HND course (Level 5).

Students studying the HNC in Computing will focus on the core knowledge, skills and attitudes for a career in Networking through:

  • <SPAN> of technical abilities for a lifelong career in the digital sector
  • Working with employer partners on real-life and live project briefs
  • Opportunities to complete an industry work placement with an employer partner

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Security:  It is one of the most important challenges modern organisations face – the
need to protect assets from attack through preventions techniques and effective responses.
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Programming: The ability to program is what sets apart a developer and an end user. The
core concepts of programming represent both data and processes.
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Analytics: Data is everywhere in the world. Without knowing how to interpret this data
it would be difficult to understand its meaning or make use of it to increase productivity.
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Networking: Being knowledgeable about the underlying principles of networking is of
vital importance to all IT professionals.

To ensure you are prepared for entering the industry, you will join BCS The Chartered Institute for IT as a student member and complete the following accreditations:

  • Professional Registration for IT Technicians (RITTech)
  • CISCO CCNA Routing and Switching
  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

Did you know?

  • There are an estimated 600,000 tech vacancies in the UK, a figure predicted to jump to 1 million by 2020 (The Edge Foundation 2018)
  • CISCO Community has over 820,000 members and nearly 872,000 discussions at any one time on the latest technology developments in networking, wireless mobility, cloud solutions, data center and services (Cisco Community 2019)

What's next?

Once you’ve completed the HNC, you will be able to further your learning by moving on to study HND Computing, progress on to study at university or on to employment.

For those looking to continue their HE studies, top-up degree providers across the UK include:
The Open University, University of Hertfordshire, University of Derby, Northumbria University, London South Bank University, University of Wolverhampton, Manchester Metropolitan University in partnership with Manchester College, University of Surrey, University of Portsmouth, Birmingham City University.

Graduates on successful completion of the programme would be able to demonstrate sound knowledge of the core concepts in computing and be competent in routing and switching infrastructure hardware. You will be able to communicate accurately and have the qualities needed for employment. You will also have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies.

Job roles linked to this course:
Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Systems Architect, Computer Service and Repair Technician, Network Manager, Unified Communications Trouble Shooter.
Responsibilities: Network administrators install, support and manage the networks and computer systems that keep information flowing. They implement and maintain network hardware and software, troubleshoot network problems, and ensure network security, availability & performance standards.

Typical daily activities and marketable skill sets for network administrators include the following:
• Configure and maintain the organization’s internal computer network.
• Manage network security tools, e.g., firewall, anti-virus and intrusion detection systems.
• Identify, troubleshoot, solve and document network connectivity and performance issues.
• Install and support hard-line telephones and other networked telecommunication devices.
• Monitor network performance and optimize the network for optimal speed and availability.
• Install, configure and maintain network hardware, for example, Cisco routers and switches.
• Deploy, configure and upgrade network software, such as, enterprise antivirus or diagnostics programs.
• Implement and maintain emergency backup and restore systems for mission-critical network servers.
• Network administrators regulate user access to sensitive files to protect against internal security breaches.
• In smaller companies, network administrators are often responsible for end-user desktop support, and the maintenance of servers and other networked devices.

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Is it for me?

The HNC Computing course is a higher-level course that concentrates on developing the skills to succeed in industry and prepares you for work in the digital sector. Higher Nationals are well-recognised qualifications that show you are working to university-level standard. A HNC is the equivalent to the first year of a degree programme (Level 4). Completion of the HNC Computing course could lead to the HND course (Level 5).

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COURSE INFORMATION

  • Levels available 4
  • Start Date 07/09/2020
  • Day Monday to Friday
  • Start/End Time 09:00 / 17:00
  • Course Ref A645-1/1
  • Location Bletchley Campus
  • Fees £ 6000.00 Per Year

If you are over 19+ then please contact us for more information

HNC Computing students will benefit from:

  • Project based learning: You will manage projects from beginning to end, solving employer-generated problems and maximising higher skills.
  • Active partnerships with employers: You will form working relationships with peers, staff, partner employers and the wider community. You will learn how to recognise and act on opportunities and to initiate, organise and manage ventures.
  • Confidence to learn, forget and relearn – as you would in industry: You will be treated as a unique investor in your working future rather than individuals accessing courses.
  • Real research and development: You will undertake detailed research, enquiry, writing and analysis and communicate results effectively.

Project: Food Aggregation/Interface System

Employer Partner: Nuco Technologies
Overview: Nuco Technologies are a Tier 4 data centre, offering a number of data solutions, hosting/managing their client’s data. Students as part of their students have the opportunity to pitch to a potential client, specifying whether they should use cloud services as part of Nuco’s data centre.

Our networking pathway gives students the opportunity to further explore:
• Computer systems architecture – despite hardware and software being constantly updated and seemingly becoming more complex, those with a solid underpinned knowledge about computer systems architecture will not only be answer questions like “How does a central processor work?”, but will also be able to transfer and apply their knowledge and skill to many other new areas.

All of our programmes are assessed with a mix of controlled assessments and assignment/coursework. Projects completed as part of the course(s) are based on live briefs from industry employers, ensuring relevant workplace experience and potential job prospects. Students are expected to complete an extended work experience placement to give them the best opportunity for progressing onto higher education, apprenticeships and/or full-time employment.

At Level 4/5 entry, total qualification time is estimated at 1,200 hours per academic year, of which 480 hours are guided learning hours. This equates to approx. 15 hours per week taught (face-to-face and e-learning) and 15+ hours per week independent self-study during term time. Additional time is allocated for work experience and/or industry placement.

This course can be studied both full-time in one-year and part-time in two-years.

At Level 4/5 entry, students are expected to have achieved at least 32-48 UCAS points in computing, information technology or similar discipline – e.g. C grade at A-Level, MP grade at BTEC/OCR/UAL Level 3, Pass at Access – or relevant industry experience considered.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

HNC Computing students will benefit from:

  • Project based learning: You will manage projects from beginning to end, solving employer-generated problems and maximising higher skills.
  • Active partnerships with employers: You will form working relationships with peers, staff, partner employers and the wider community. You will learn how to recognise and act on opportunities and to initiate, organise and manage ventures.
  • Confidence to learn, forget and relearn – as you would in industry: You will be treated as a unique investor in your working future rather than individuals accessing courses.
  • Real research and development: You will undertake detailed research, enquiry, writing and analysis and communicate results effectively.

Project: Food Aggregation/Interface System

Employer Partner: Nuco Technologies
Overview: Nuco Technologies are a Tier 4 data centre, offering a number of data solutions, hosting/managing their client’s data. Students as part of their students have the opportunity to pitch to a potential client, specifying whether they should use cloud services as part of Nuco’s data centre.

Our networking pathway gives students the opportunity to further explore:
• Computer systems architecture – despite hardware and software being constantly updated and seemingly becoming more complex, those with a solid underpinned knowledge about computer systems architecture will not only be answer questions like “How does a central processor work?”, but will also be able to transfer and apply their knowledge and skill to many other new areas.

All of our programmes are assessed with a mix of controlled assessments and assignment/coursework. Projects completed as part of the course(s) are based on live briefs from industry employers, ensuring relevant workplace experience and potential job prospects. Students are expected to complete an extended work experience placement to give them the best opportunity for progressing onto higher education, apprenticeships and/or full-time employment.

At Level 4/5 entry, total qualification time is estimated at 1,200 hours per academic year, of which 480 hours are guided learning hours. This equates to approx. 15 hours per week taught (face-to-face and e-learning) and 15+ hours per week independent self-study during term time. Additional time is allocated for work experience and/or industry placement.

This course can be studied both full-time in one-year and part-time in two-years.

At Level 4/5 entry, students are expected to have achieved at least 32-48 UCAS points in computing, information technology or similar discipline – e.g. C grade at A-Level, MP grade at BTEC/OCR/UAL Level 3, Pass at Access – or relevant industry experience considered.

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