Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing


Program Description

Are you interested in a career in computing?

With Canary Wharf and Tech City in east London, studying with us means you are in prime position to make the most of opportunities right on your doorstep.

Our HNC Computing programme is designed to help you develop both the technical and ‘softer’ skills that are increasingly sought by employers. The course covers digital hardware design, network engineering, coding, web development, robotics, business analysis, and database administration, as well as numerous other sought-after skills.

On completion of the HNC, you could progress to the HND, which is also offered at Barking & Dagenham College.

What will I learn?

You will learn the major specialisms in computing.

You will be taught by enthusiastic, qualified and

industry-experienced lecturers. In a typical week you will attend:

  • Practical workshops and demonstrations
  • Lectures, seminars, and tutorials

You may also have the chance to work on client-led briefs to gain the real work experience you'll need for your future career.


On the HNC in Computing, you will study core units and specialist units.

Core Units:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Computing Project Management

Specialist Units:

  • Website Design & Development
  • Maths for Computing

What can I do after this course?

You could progress to the HND in Computing, also offered at Barking & Dagenham College. This is another 1-year course, which also costs £5,000. You will study Advanced Programming, Forensics, Data Mining, Application Development and Games Development on the HND.

Alternatively, you could find a job in a computing or IT-related role.

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • 48 new UCAS points or 120 old UCAS points (this equates to PPP on a BTEC Extended Diploma, or two A-levels at grade D), or
  • A merit in a relevant National Diploma, Extended Diploma, or Access to IT.

You can still apply if you don’t have a formal qualification but can demonstrate appropriate experience. You will need to attend an interview and bring evidence of your existing qualifications.

Click here to download course sheet

Awarding Body/ Validated by:

Pearson Edexcel


Barking & Dagenham College reserve the right to change course details. Please note that the fees displayed are for the entire course for all one-year courses. Where the course duration is more than 1-year additional fees apply for the subsequent year(s).All course fees are currently based on 2016/17 courses, fees for courses starting from September 2017 onwards may be higher. All courses are subject to satisfactory numbers being accepted. Barking & Dagenham College reserves the right in their absolute discretion to cancel any course which cannot be run economically. Awarding Boards also change courses from time to time. Barking & Dagenham College cannot accept responsibility if the college is closed due to industrial action, adverse weather conditions or natural disasters.

Last updated Oct 2018

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