Computer Science HND

UCAS code 001I
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The HND Computer Science course has been designed to meet the growing needs of IT and computing related sectors, giving you an up-to-date, recognised qualification within the context of an ever-changing employment market.

The range of optional subjects available will allow you to focus on different aspects, perhaps where there is a local demand for particular skills. The inclusion of subjects as cloud computing, convergence technologies, network technology and advanced software development will ensure that your qualification is relevant for the 21st century.

On successful completion you will be able to demonstrate competency in a wide range of related skills such as design and implementation of applications including database design, website design and support, mobile application development and technical support.

Special features

  • You will gain skills required by employer or for progression to degree level study
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • You will develop up-to-date skills while working with real clients
  • You will develop basic research and scholarly skills which will prepare you for future study

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an indiviudual basis
  • You may be required to attend an interview

Access routes

The HNC Computing may provide direct entry to year two.

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:

  • Cloud 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
  • Software Development: Applications Development
  • Technical Support: Supporting Users - Software
  • Technical Support: Supporting Users - Hardware

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

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • HND Computing: Graded Unit 2
  • Managing a Web Server
  • Relational Database Management Systems
  • Developing Websites for Multiplatform Use

Optional units may include:

  • Computer Networks: Building Local Area Networks
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computer Forensics Fundamentals
  • Computing: PC Hardware and Operating Systems Essentials
  • Configuring a Desktop Operating System
  • COS 2
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Mathematics for Computing 1
  • Security Concepts
  • Software Development: Developing Small Scale Standalone Apps
  • Software Development: Object Oriented Programming
  • Troubleshooting a Desktop Operating System

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)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years 
  • Part-time: 4 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
£1,285
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 the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The HND Computer Science will prepare you for a career in programming, website development or as a support technician or database administrator.

Find out more about careers in computing.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HND Computer Science you may progress to the third year of  the BSc (Hons) Computing.

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 which areas of computing I enjoy and feel that I excel in.

Cameron Halley, BSc Computing graduate

Apply for Computer Science HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

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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