This Higher National Certificate helps you gain key skills needed to start a career within the field of Computing, and on completion, consider progression to a Higher National Diploma here at Roehampton. This University course is approved by Pearson BTEC and the Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education.
Achieve a nationally-recognised Pearson BTEC Higher National qualification which meets the needs of employers.
Continue to employment, progression within employment or further study such as the Computing Higher National Diploma.
Study in the new state-of-the-art media centre on campus.
Course and Module Details
This one year Higher National Certificate course is suitable for students finishing college or those re-entering education after employment or career-break.
An industry-recognised qualification, known to provide the practical and problem-solving skills needed by employers, that will support a fast-track entry to employment for students entering or choosing a career-change within the employment market. The course is equivalent to the first year of undergraduate study.
You will get a broad introduction to Computing through core learning units as well as specialist pathways so that you can gain the key skills and experience needed across a range of occupational sectors.
Specialist pathways include:
- Data Analytics
- Network Engineering
- Cyber Security.
You will develop your computing skills and knowledge through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. You will gain transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis.
During the course you will also develop specialised knowledge of programming, database design, software development and the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence. Plus, you’ll be taught by a friendly, committed and qualified team of lecturers who have both professional and teaching experience.
You will finish the course with the expertise to work in computing roles across a huge range of organisations, with the confidence to lead, innovate, and respond to change and industry challenges.
On progression to the Level 5 Higher National Diploma you will be able to specialise by committing to specific career paths and, on completion, have the option for progression to degree-level study.
Course subject to validation
- Programming (compulsory, 15 credits)
- Networking (compulsory, 15 credits)
- Professional Practice (compulsory, 15 credits)
- Database Design & Development (compulsory, 15 credits)
- Security (compulsory, 15 credits)
- Planning a Computing Project (compulsory, 15 credits)
- Software Development Lifecycle (compulsory, 15 credits)
- Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems (compulsory, 15 credits)
Units subject to change.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2023 entry tuition fees
There are bursaries available to support you on this course.
|UK||EU and International|
|£7,950 per year full-time||£15,000 per year full-time|
After completing this course you will be in a strong position for pursuing jobs within Computing including network engineering, software engineering, data analytics, security, intelligent systems, applications development and testing. You may choose to progress to the Computing Higher National Diploma.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.
You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
How to apply
Higher National Qualifications
The application process for Higher National Qualifications is to apply in the same way as undergraduate degree programmes:
- Home (UK) students (full-time) – apply through UCAS (Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48). Our HNQs are in the undergraduate listings – search by course subject or use the filter option to select HNCs and HNDs.
- Home (UK) students (part-time) – apply using our direct application form. Select undergraduate in the intended level of study dropdown, and then select the HNC or HND you want in the 'Which programme do you wish to apply for' dropdown.
- International students – apply using our direct application form. Select undergraduate in the intended level of study dropdown, and then select the HNC or HND you want in the 'Which programme do you wish to apply for' dropdown.
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.
Application process FAQs
If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!
This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.
When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.
Contact us directly if you have any questions.
The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.
Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.
If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.
If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.
You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.
Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.
Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.
No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.
There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.
No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.
If you apply to university before the 25 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 18 May 2023. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 8 June 2023.
If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of May, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.
You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.
If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.
If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.
If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.
If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:
This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.
An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.
If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.
If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.
Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.
If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.
If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2023 cycle is Wednesday 25 January 2023 at 18:00.
We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.
The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.
The application process for Higher National Qualifications is to apply through UCAS, in the same way as undergraduate degree programmes.
Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.
If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.
If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2023, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.
Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
You can find more information on our financial support pages.
Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2023 entry.
Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.
Yes to find out more visit our care leavers webpage.
We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university, into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.
UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.
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