Computing HNC

UCAS code 304G
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The HNC Computing will provide you with useful foundations for a successful career in computing and technology.

It is a broad-based course which will introduce you to, and develop your knowledge of, aspects of software development, technical support, networking and web development.

Special features

  • You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to follow a career in technical support, software development and IT technician
  • Successful completion of the HNC Computing may allow progression to the second year of the HND Computer Science
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above or
  • 1 A level at grade D or above plus
  • 3 Standard Grade/Intermediate passes or equivalent or
  • NC Digital Media Computing; NQ Multimedia Computing; Intermediate 2 Business, Administration and Computing Studies; or SVQ Information Technology
  • You may be required to attend an interview
  • Applicants without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.


Access routes

  • NC Digital Media Computing
  • NC Multimedia Computing
  • Microsoft Certified Desktop Technician
  • PDA in Web Development
  • PDA in Web Design
  • PDA in Desktop Support
  • PDA in Database Programming
  • CISCO Certified Networking Associate

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Professionalism and Ethics in Computing
  • Computer Systems Fundamentals
  • Developing Software: Introduction
  • Graded Unit 1 (Examination)
  • Team Working in Computing
  • Troubleshooting Computing Problems

Option units may include:

  • Developing Mobile Web Based Applications: An Intro
  • SQL: Introduction
  • Database Design Fundamentals
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computer Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Mathematics for Computing

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)
  • Evening

You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: 2 years

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2014-15 2015-16
Full-time per year
£1,285 £1,285*
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86*

*subject to change

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland, studying this course, full-time fees for academic year  2014-15 are £6,375 per annum.

International students

(students not living in the UK or European Union)

View international course fees

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you might like to consider a career as a trainee programmer, systems analyst, or database administrator.

Find out more about careers in computing.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HNC Computing it may be possible to progress to the second year of the HND Computer Science, and then to the third year of the BSc Computing degree

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Computing HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2015 or Jan/Feb 2016

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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