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BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing

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, organisational 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 – Open Entry

At least one GCE A level pass, with supporting passes at GCSE at Grades A, B or C in appropriate subjects

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 – General Entry Requirements

The City of London College seeks to recruit students of outstanding achievement and potential from all educational backgrounds, so good examination results are the main factor in the admission of students to our courses with atleast a Grade C in English and Mathematics at GCSE O Level or equivalent. In addition to this, we can also use other information supplied to us to ensure we admit students with the most outstanding potential. This information might include: prior and predicted grades, evidence of knowledge and commitment in your personal statement, employer and teacher references, performance at interview and any exceptional circumstances or personal barriers to learning that you have faced. This allows us to build up a full and rounded view of all our applicants.

Study Mode

Online | Full Time

Start Dates

Full Time: To be confirmed 
Part Time: To be confirmed 
Online: Flexible start dates

Tuition Fee

Full Time: £6000.00
Part Time: £3000.00 / per annum
Online: £1800.00 / per annum


Full Time / 1 Year
Part Time / 2 Years

Awarding Body

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