Computing BTEC HND Level 5

The new BTEC Higher National qualifications in Computing are designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, thereby providing students with a clear line of sight to employment or to progression to a degree at Level 6.

Overview

This course offers students a broad outline to Computing 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.  This builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for subject specialisation at a higher level.

The qualification, while building on knowledge gained on the HNC, offers a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills, gained in research, self and directed study. It is delivered by lecturing staff who have industry experience in a variety of areas.

Modules included:

Semester 1

  • Database Management Systems (15 credits)
  • Network Security (15 credits)
  • Cloud Computing (15 credits)
  • Computer Research Project (30 credits)

Semester 2

  • Network Management (15 credits)
  • Business Intelligence (15 credits)
  • Forensics (15 credits)
  • Computer Research Project

Entry Requirements

HNC Computing or other Level 4 qualification with relevant subject knowledge.

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Progression

Progression to Level 6 for a full Degree

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Fees & Funding

Full-time  £6950

Part-time £3475

These fees apply to the academic year 2019-20 and may increase annually by 5% for each further year of study (part-time students).

These fees only apply to this HNC programme.

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • The cost of books that you might wish to purchase
  • Additonal printing over the termly print allowance
  • Any optional trips that may be offered as part of the course

 

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance England, you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be found under Fees and Finance.

Bursaries

The College also provides a number of bursaries for full-time HE students, which you may be eligible to apply for. Some of these are available to students on any course, while some are course specific. You can check your eligiblilty for these types of financial support, along with their value below:

 

The following progression, subject-related and widening access bursaries are offered for students starting their studies in September 2018. These are be offered pro-rata for students studying part-time (based on the number of credits being studied).

Students are only be eligible for one financial bursary. These bursaries are not be available to employer-sponsored students.

  1. a)     Progression Bursaries

Progression Bursaries are offered to students progressing within the College from a Level 3 programme on to a full-time Higher Education programme. A phased cash payment of £500 is made in the first year of study only.

Students must have successfully completed a Level 3 programme at the College that is appropriate to allow progression to a full-time Higher Education programme. This award will be available to Kirklees College home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance grant or student support grant.

  1. b)    Local Student Bursaries

This bursary will target local students accepted on to a Higher Education programme at the College with a permanent home address in the local area (all West Yorkshire postcodes). A phased cash payment of £500 is made in the first year of study only. This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance grant or student support grant.

  1. c)     STEM Bursaries

This bursary will be available to any home student on Engineering programmes only. A phased cash payment of £500 will be made during each year of study (excluding any repeat year). This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance grant or student support grant. Students receiving this bursary are not eligible for any other bursary.

  1. d)    Kirklees College Widening Access Bursaries

The following bursaries are available to the following student groups:

Care Leaver Bursary – This bursary will offer support to any home student during each year of study (excluding any repeat year) and will be available to students who have left local authority care in the two years prior to enrolment on the first year of study, irrespective of postcode. A phased cash payment of £1000 is made during each year of study. Attendance at college must be 85% (other than mitigating circumstances).

Full-time Carer Bursary – This bursary will offer support to any home student during each year of study (excluding any repeat year) and will be available to applicants who have full-time carer responsibilities. A phased cash payment of £1000 is made during each year of study. This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance grant or student support grant.

Access to HE Diploma Bursary – This bursary will offer support to students during their first year of study and will be available to students who have success fully completed an Access to HE Diploma programme.

Students must have successfully completed an Access programme that is appropriate to allow progression to a Higher Education programme. A phased cash payment of £1000 is made during the first year of study only. This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance grant or student support grant.

The payment of these bursaries is subject to satisfactory completion of work and performance on the course. This requires students to have submitted all summative assessments and have engaged in formative assessments.

How to Apply/Enrol

To apply for a place on the course you will need to complete and submit an  application form from our apply page.

If you would rather have one posted to you, please either e-mail info@kirkleescollege.ac.uk or telephone 01484 437070 to request one, leaving your name and full postal address.

Additional Information

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

Sessions are delivered using a varying range of formats and teaching and learning strategies. This includes the use of lectures, seminars, presentations, workshops, in class discussions, debates, analysing case studies or considering real business problems from the students’ own experience. Students are encouraged to be independent and autonomous; there is a significant focus and emphasis on independent study, which combined with taught sessions will stand you in good stead to achieve their potential. You will also have timetabled tutorials with your personal tutor. Group sizes are typically  10-15 and you will have around 10-11 contact hours per week in college.

Independent learning

When not attending  formal teaching sessions, you will be expected to contiune learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations and preparing for any time constrained assessments. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities at the college including the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), HE Study Centre and the College Virtual Learning Enviornment (VLE) .

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, with each 15 credits taken equating to a total study time of around 150 hours.

Support

Academic support is available in the college providing help in the following areas:

  • Study skills
  • Academic skills
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking

Student Services can help students with additional needs.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

Apply

For more information on applying for this course please see the Apply page.

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