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 National 5, Standard Grade or 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 at SCQF level 6
  • NC Multimedia Computing
  • PDA in Web Development
  • PDA in Web Design
  • 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

Optional units may include:

  • Could Computing
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Computer Forensics
  • Computing: Introduction to Project Management
  • E-Commerce: Publishing Web Sites
  • SQL: Introduction
  • Systems Development: Introduction
  • Database Design Fundamentals
  • Multi User Operating Systems
  • Developing Mobile Web Based Applications: An Introduction
  • Software Development Testing
  • Software Development: Programming Foundations
  • Technical Support: Supporting Users - Software
  • Technical Support: Supporting Users - Hardware
  • SD: Applications Development

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • Evening (subject to demand)

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) 2016-17
Full-time per year
Part-time (per HN unit) £86

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, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

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.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

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 (Hons) Computing degree.

Is there more information available online?

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

What our students, graduates and staff say:

I’d previously studied with the university and enjoyed the environment. I found the lecturers more than helpful but also on a more subject-related topic, loved the highly practical aspect that the course offers. There are only 2 exams (one per semester) and the rest is more development or research. Since development is what I wish to go into, it made so much sense to do a course that heavily focused on the practical aspects and not memory-based exams which are questionable in a world where Google exists.

My favourite aspect of the course is the practicality of developing software, websites or scripts. It’s cool being able to have an idea and go ahead and make it an actual product. The versatility of what we learn (mobile development, web development, application development) also comes into play as you’re not just stuck with one platform.

Jamie Simpson, current 3rd year BSc (Hons) Computing student, Moray College UHI campus

Thinking about computing? Do it! This is the future; this is where job opportunities are going to be. Together, humanity and technology are helping us to advance more rapidly than we can imagine.

There is an emphasis on practical learning combined with the latest innovations in the field to ensure that students are ready to excel in a competitive industry when they graduate.

Dr Ian Barnes,BSc (Hons) Computing Programme Leader

Computing is a very broad subject and I took the opportunity of studying at my local university campus to allow me to familiarise myself with various subjects. The course has allowed me to work and learn skills in many areas of computing. I believe I now know the specialist area of study I would like to take in the future, as I have developed a greater understanding of the areas of computing I enjoy and feel that I excel in.

Cameron Halley, BSc Computing graduate

Apply for Computing HNC

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

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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