Computing HNC (Software)

Develop a career in one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK with an undergraduate qualification in Computing with a specialism in Software.
Full and Part-time options available

  • STUDY MODE Full-Time

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.

HNC Computing students have the opportunity to specialise their skills in the following pathways:





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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).

You will focus on the core knowledge, skills and attitudes for a career in Software Development

<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

To successfully navigate the digital sector, the HNC equips you with the technical skills that you need for a lifelong career. Every learner is challenged to explore:


It is one of the most important challenges modern organisations face – the
need to protect assets from attack through preventions techniques and effective responses.



The ability to program is what sets apart a developer and an end user. The
core concepts of programming represent both data and processes.


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.


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)
– MTA Certification: Microsoft Technology Associate
– PCAP – Programming Essentials in Python
• 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.

Did you know?

>130k Software developer vacancies in 2018 means that the role is still the most in demand tech position across all clusters in the UK
(Tech Nation 2019)
The most in demand skills for specialist digital skills is Programming languages such as SQL, Microsoft C~, Hava, .NET, C++ and Python
(SEMLEP 2019 – Analysis of Digital Skills in the South East Midlands).


What's next?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be perfectly positioned to progress to study the HND. You can also start thinking about career opportunities in a Software specialist role.

Once you’ve completed the HNC, you will be able to further your learning by moving on to study HND Computing, progress onto study at university or onto 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 in high demand with the right combination of technical and analytical skills to use data to find patterns and help solve the problems faced by businesses. 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.




Is it for me?

This course is ideal for those looking to scope out your career in the industry in a Software specialist role.

Linked Job Roles: Software Engineer, Software Developer, Systems Designer, Advanced Programmer, Business Analyst, Games Developer, Web Developer, Software Tester, Digital User Experience, DevOps Engineer, Application Developer, Mobile App Developer.

Responsibilities: In the role of a software developer, you could work in a variety of industries which means you could work on a variety of projects. It is likely that you will work closely with developers, product managers, graphic designers and business analysts to find out what clients want and the most efficient way to achieve them. Using a number of programming tools and languages, your daily tasks may include:
• Talking through requirements with clients
• Testing software and fixing problems
• Maintaining systems once they’re up and running
• Being a part of technical designing
• Integrate software components
• Producing efficient codes
• Writing program codes for reference and reporting



  • Levels available 4
  • Start Date 07/09/2020
  • Day Monday to Friday
  • Start/End Time 09:00 / 17:00
  • Course Ref A644-1/1
  • Location Andrew Peck Building - Bletchley Campus
  • Fees £ 6000.00 Per Year

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


Students will experience…

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.

Employer Partner: Dominos Pizza HQ, based Milton Keynes
Project: Food Aggregation/Interface System
Curriculum Link(s): Programming, Managing a Successful Project
Overview: Dominos are working with their partners to create a system for interfacing with different food providers. Students were asked to find ways to design the back-end ordering system.

Our software pathway gives students the opportunity to further explore:
• Software development lifecycles – the software development lifecycle is an integrated process that promotes building good quality, secure software throughout the entire development process. Theoretical understanding will be translated into practical skills through an actual software development lifecycle project and students will become confident in the use of particular tools and techniques relevant to a chosen methodology, as used in industry.

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.

Why Choose Milton Keynes?


Strong Links with Over 3,000 Businesses


Outstanding Facilities


Affordable Study Options

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