HNC Computing

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Course Code: HE0030-1C UCAS code: I100 Course Type: Degree and university-level, Open to international students Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2021 Duration: 1 Year Awarding Body: Pearson


This Level 4 course will develop your understanding of a broad range of computing ideas and enable you to contribute to the future direction of the industry. You will be able to create innovative solutions to problems or improvements to current situations.

On successful completion of one year, students are awarded an HNC (Higher National Certificate) and can then move on to the HND (Higher National Diploma) course.

Computers and computing technology have a wide-ranging influence on the world and this course will put you on a career path that means you could be at the front of the change and innovations in this industry. You will appreciate the current problems or issues that can be caused by our reliance on computers.

Key features

  • Up-to-date course, aligned with the needs of the industry
  • Brand new computing lab with the latest hardware and servers
  • Course has its own server and network
  • Small group teaching
  • Well-regarded Higher National qualifications
  • Central Brighton location

Interview and normally a relevant Level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Extended Diploma or A Level.

Individual offer conditions vary. A typical offer could be DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma or equivalent qualifications.

GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C or above, English language preferred at grade C.

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HNC and HND qualifications in computing give high quality professional and technical skills at Levels 4 and 5 and enable you to move onto the final year of a degree course at Level 6, or start you on a career path in computing.

HNC (Higher National Certificate) - course length 1 year

HNC modules:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional practice
  • Database design & development
  • Security
  • Managing a successful computing project
  • Computer systems architecture
  • Website design & development

On completion of the HNC, students can either enter employment or move on to the HND course.

The qualification has been designed to embed key employability skills throughout the curriculum. 

Cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills are built in to the course content. You will develop valuable hands-on experience with a range of industry standard, latest generation desktop and server hardware and software.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities and the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.






  • This course has its own isolated development network for all types of scenarios and servers
  • Brand new computing lab with the latest hardware and servers
  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

On successful completion of the 1-year Level 4 HNC course, you can either enter employment or progress to the Level 5 HND course.

On completion of the Level 5 HND, you can progress to the final year of a full or part-time university degree programme in networking, computer science or other computing courses. 

Career opportunities within computing in the local area include network support, programming, web development and security in a variety of organisations.


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Fees and financial support

There are different options to cover the cost of your course, including government loans and bursaries (eligibility criteria applies).

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How is this course delivered?

We have made some changes to the way our courses are taught to keep everyone safe. We will ensure that our students remain connected and involved with their course and college life.

During this academic year, students have a blend of college-based and digitally-enabled remote learning that provides lots of opportunities to interact and engage with lecturers, support teams and other students.

We will continue to respond to Government advice as we plan our curriculum delivery and will regularly update our current students and applicants in respect of course changes and opportunities.

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