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Higher Education Courses

HND in Computing & Systems Development

Herefordshire & Ludlow College awarded by Pearson (BTEC Level 5 HND in Computing).

Key Facts

Level: 4 & 5

Duration: 2 years

Fee: £5750.00 per year

Location: HLC Hereford Campus

Application: HLC application form

Course Intro

This HND provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the computing sector. It prepares students for employment in roles such as system management, networking, software development and games design. Units contain a balance of practical skills development and knowledge requirements for relevant and up-to-date technologies. Students will learn to write computer code with an option to automate small robotic cars and have the opportunity to develop a game for virtual reality headsets.

Course Content

A range of units across two years including: (these may change from time to time)

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Programming
  • Unit 2: Networking
  • Unit 3: Professional Practice
  • Unit 4: Database Design and Development
  • Unit 5: Security
  • Unit 6: Project
  • Unit 9: Software Development Life Cycle
  • Unit 10: Website Design and Development

Year 2

  • Unit 13: Computer Research Project (Pearson Set)
  • Unit 14: Business Intelligence
  • Unit 32: Games Design Theory
  • Unit 47: Games Development


Assessment takes place using a variety of methods including; assignments, presentations, projects, and case studies. Many assessments will be based on the application of knowledge and skills obtained in the computer laboratory. All students will receive regular feedback on their work and progress from their tutors. The qualification will be graded at pass, merit and distinction.

Entry Requirements

  • Passes at grade C or above in two or more A Levels (80 UCAS tariff points) in relevant subjects, or a relevant Level 3 BTEC Diploma with a minimum of a Merit grade
  • GCSE Maths and English at Grades 9–4 (C or above)
  • Mature students will be assessed on relevant experience
  • All students will be admitted on their ability to benefit from study at this level and their intellectual capacity and motivation to succeed


On successful completion of this course, you are able to apply for entry onto the third year of a relevant honours degree course at the University of Worcester. You may also be able to do this at other suitable institutions or gain employment in an IT or related industry.

Course Fees

£5,750.00 per year. All fees are subject to change; please check with the relevant provider.