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Computing, Digital and IT

Computing and Systems Development Higher National Certificate (HNC) – (HTQ) Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course will start in September. You will study for one day a week for two years.

Entry requirements

64 UCAS points from either subject-relevant A Level, T Level or BTEC equivalent qualifications or an Access to HE Diploma. You will also need GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above.

We welcome applications from students with prior learning and/or previous experience. Evidence should be submitted through the application and interview process.

You will achieve

You will gain a HNC in Computing and Systems Development.

UCAS Course Code


Course overview

This is a contemporary, cutting-edge programme aimed at those who are eager to follow a career in various job roles within the high tech and ever-changing world of Software Development, Cybersecurity and Networking. Students on this programme will have a range of different backgrounds and interests meaning the programme will have a rounded approach to delivery and content. 

There are also a range of vendor qualifications available that are recognised within the chosen industry. These qualifications will give you the skills to progress as an IT professional and employers often regard vendor certifications as the industry standard. The course is run from our SciTech Digital Innovation Hub which offers cutting edge facilities and equipment. 

This course has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE).

Course content

Having been developed in collaboration with employers to meet the needs of the growing demands of the industry, this HTQ provides the opportunity to gain the proper training, knowledge and skills to be successful in the workplace.

You will study a broad range of topics to prepare you for your next steps, completing the following mandatory units:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional practice
  • Database design and development
  • Security
  • Planning a computing project (Pearson-set)
  • Website design and development

You will also choose one specialist unit from the following group:

  • Data analytics
  • Software Development Lifecycles 
  • Cyber security

In addition, you will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios. You will also be given the opportunity to study units aligned to professional vendor qualifications and allow you, if you wish to apply after unit completion, to be assessed externally for the vendor qualificationThis could be CISCO or Microsoft. 


Specific assessment strategies include practical work, written assessments, examinations, case studies, presentations and reports offering the opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of both general and specific business principles. Such methods will also allow you to indicate both the breadth and depth of your directed and independent research.

Some modules are assessed partly using group activities as well as independent activities.

All equipment will be provided.

SciTech Centre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

Once you have achieved the HNC, you can progress to studying our Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development, which is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many Computing-related courses, for example: BSc (Hons) in Computing, BSc Data Science, BSc (Hons) Business Computer Systems, BEng (Hons) Software Engineering, BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Forensic Computing.

How much does the course cost?

This course costs £5,995. You can apply for a student loan to cover the cost of this course.

Extra information

We offer a service to any  student who has a diagnosis of anything persistent or long-term which might interfere with how they study and manage their day-to- day academic engagement. The service is flexible and shaped around the needs of each individual; it might be consistent support or intermittent support.

For further information please refer to our website.


As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan. See the Government website for up-to-date details.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

Apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Computing and Systems Development Higher National Certificate (HNC) – (HTQ) Part-time

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