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BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing (RQF)

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors at Level 4. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector through six core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment.  The units are:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set unit).

Graduates successfully completing the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of computing.  They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility.  They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organizational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to computing, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in computing at Level 4, vendor-accredited certification and Professional Body membership, all of which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.

Core Modules:

  1. Programming
  2. Networking
  3. Professional (Practice
  4. Database Design & Development
  5. Security
  6. Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set)

Optional Modules:

  1. Strategic Information Systems
  2. Maths for Computing

The learner will need to meet the requirements outlined in the table below before Pearson can award the qualification, i.e. achieve the appropriate mandatory and optional units.

Minimum number of credits that must be achieved 120
Number of mandatory credits that must be achieved 90
Number of optional credits that must be achieved 30


1 – Age restriction

Minimum: 18

2 – A degree or a relevant vocational and/or academic qualification.

3 – Mature entry

Appropriate work experience

4 – APEL / APL

Students already in employment or with relevant previous experience

5 – English Language Competency

Minimum: CEFR B2

PTE Academic = 51 (in all 4 skills) or IELTS = 5.5 (in all 4 skills)

6- A current DBS Check/Certificate – should not have a criminal background, which might prevent them from working as a teacher with young people or vulnerable adults.

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Durating FULL TIME / 1 YEAR
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Tuition Fee £6,000.00


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