Computing, Games and IT

Computing Higher National Certificate (HNC) Level 4 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course is planning to run in September 2023 and will take one year to complete.

Entry requirements

64 UCAS Points from either subject relevant A Level or BTEC equivalent qualifications or an Access to HE Diploma.

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 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing.

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.

Course content

The course offers several pathways that you can choose to study. Each pathway is underpinned by a supporting range of mandatory core modules that help you to determine an employability pathway.

The mandatory core modules are:

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

You will choose one unit from the following group:

  • Data analytics
  • Computer systems architecture
  • Cyber security

Additional qualifications may be gained in the following subjects dependant on the pathway you study:

Axelos pathway

  • Prince 2 Foundation Qualification
  • RESILIA Foundation Qualification


  • Cisco IT Essentials
  • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching
  • Cisco CCNA Security


  • CompTIA A+
  • Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • CompTIA Server+
  • CompTIA Linux+

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

From January 2023 we will be offering a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing, which you can progress to. You could also move on to another Higher Education course or employment in a relevant area.

How much does the course cost?

£5,995 per year.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



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.


If you’re undertaking an Access to Higher Education (HE) course and then go on to complete an HE qualification, the outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off, once you have fully completed both courses.

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:

A Maintenance Loan of up to £6,904 per year will be available to eligible students living with parents or up to £8,200 per year to those living away from home. EU Students cannot apply.

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.

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For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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 Higher National Certificate (HNC) Level 4 Full-time

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