BTEC Level 4 HNC Computing (RQF)


The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification made up of 120 credits. It is usually studied full-time over one year, or part-time over two years.

What is an HNC?

The HNC in Computing is for those students who already have a grasp of Computing concepts and have possibly already worked at technician level. The HNC is designed to give you a higher level of knowledge which could allow you to step up the career ladder or count towards a full degree. 


Who is the Course aimed at?

The BTEC Level 4 HNC Computing is for those who would like CPD credits, or start a Higher Education. It can lead to an HND (240 Cr). It could also count towards a full Bachelors degree as more and more Universities accept HNC’s as the 1st year and HND as the 1st and 2nd year.


This course is ideal if you are unable to attend a college or university, due to work or family commitments. If you are looking to further your career or you need the qualifications for a promotion or career change, this course deals with materials around Engineering.


What are the entry requirements?

A level 3 qualification, such as BTEC Diploma in IT or A levels, however if you don’t have these but do have experience in the workplace, then contact us and we can discuss your needs. Typically 32 UCAS points are needed.


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A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE Maths (or equivalent) is strongly recommended.

A BTEC Level 3 qualification in IT (Subsidiary Diploma or larger)

A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent)

Other related Level 3 qualifications

An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution

An international equivalent of the above.


Non-native English speakers and those students who have not had their final two years of schooling in English will need to demonstrate one of the following upon entry:


Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2

IELTS 5.5 (including 5.5 for reading and writing)

PTE 51 or equivalent


Please note, all applicants will be required to complete a Higher Education questionnaire after which we will determine whether to accept or reject your application. If rejected further advice and guidance will given.

Each Pathway must complete the Mandatory Units (M) and choose Optional (O) to make up 8 units

Mandatory Units

U001 – Computing

U002 – Networking

U003 – Professional Practice

Uoo4 – database Design & Development

U005 – Security

U006 – Managing A Successful Computing Project (Pearson set)


Optional Units (select 2)

U007 – Strategic Information Systems

U008 – Computer Systems Architecture

U010 – Website Design & Development

U011 – Maths for Computing

U012 – Data Analytics

Delivery Method:

Online and on demand.

There are no fixed classes or timetables

You are free to study around your other commitments. However we do expect progress every month.

Annual Re-registration costs will apply

If you run out of time, you can resit units at the individual unit price


By Tutor Marked Assignment.

You have 2 weeks to complete the assignment once it has been issued

Late submissions will be capped at a PASS

Resits and Resubmissions can be made but only if original work is handed in on time.

Resits are capped at a PASS

We have a published appeals procedure, which can be found here.

Deadlines can be extended but only in EXTENUATING circumstances. You must apply using a form to your tutor and the tutor’s decision is final



You will have a dedicated Course Manager

Each subject has a dedicated tutor, it may be the same person as your course manager for certain subjects

Telephone, email and video link is available with tutors and course managers during normal working hours

There will be a drop in online tutorial each week

You can call the main number, your tutor or email the support line for technical help with our systems.

Additional Costs


Annual Re-registration fee (payable on each anniversary of enrolment) – £50

Resources you will need


Computer (Specifications will vary depending on subjects taken)

Internet Access

Office Software (Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation software)


Reading Material (list with every subject, available from all good online bookstores)

Resources Provided


Learning Material via Moodle

IDE for Programming

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Awarding Organisation (AO)

Pearson (Edexcel)


Assignments, Project, Quiz, Portfolio of Evidence


Online, Remote







Total Qualification Time (TQT)



24 Months