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Olu Akingbehin

Programme Manager (Computing &

Network Engineering)

Computing (Network Engineering) Higher National Diploma

The BTEC Higher National qualification in Computing (Network Engineering) is a computing course which specialises in network design and engineering.  This Pearson BTEC HNC/HND level 5 qualification is delivered in partnership with Tyne Coast College.

HNC Duration: 1-year full time – 4 days a week

HND* Duration: 2-year full time – 4 days a week

Award to be received: BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma

Tuition Fee: £6,125 per year


Key Details

On successful completion of the full time HND, you can opt to ‘top-up’ to a BSc Honours Degree in a relevant computing field at university.

Alternatively, this is an industry recognised qualification to gain work in computing and IT sector. Possible career pathways may include: Network Engineer, Technical Support Engineer, IT Technician, Cloud Server Engineer.

 Course Details 

Units are delivered using a range of assessments to develop your skills both academically and within the workplace. An example of the units you will study are

Year 1 – Level 4

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set theme)
  • Strategic Information Systems
  • Website Design & Development

Year 2 – Level 5

  • Computing Research Project (Pearson-set theme)
  • Business Intelligence
  • Transport Network Design
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Security
  • Information Systems Management
  • Systems Integration

Within your first year you will study 8 units and in your second year you will study 7 units.

You will be taught by academics that have relevant industry experience and subject specialisms that will help support your learning journey. 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements
You must be over 18 years old and have one of the following:

  • BTEC National Certificate/Diploma in Business related studies.
  • NVQ Level 3 in appropriate vocational area.
  • Level 3 Qualification 
  • Maths and English or equivalent  at Level 2.

Applications are also welcome from mature students with relevant work experience.

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