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HNC in Computing & System Development
Course Overview
This popular part time course has been designed as a mix of theory and practical skills to address the changing needs of the world of computing. You will have the opportunity to study the Cisco CCNA qualifications which are the industry flagship qualifications for networking professionals. We will provide you with access to a fully equipped hardware lab including a full supply of enterprise equipment. You will have access to simulators and virtual environments as well as being taught by fully qualified friendly lecturers. The course will also provide you with essential career development skills transferable to give you the best possible chance to enhance your existing career or start a new one.
Course Content
This course is suitable for those already with a Level 3 relevant qualification such as A-Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT or those who have industry experience.

Units include:

  • Business Skills for e-commerce
  • Computer Systems
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Website Design
  • Database Design Concepts
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Mathematics for Software Development
  • Network Technologies (CISCO CCNA)

You will also develop your transferable skills such as self-management, teamwork, problem solving and applying technology so that you can maximise your contribution at work, or prepare yourself for more advanced study at HND or degree level. The design of the course facilitates the progression to degree level study.
The course includes a number of voluntary visits, for example, last year students visited the projection room of the Imax cinema in Waterloo to see how the technology used compared to a standard cinema.
Entry Requirements
Must be aged 18 or over
Hold a relevant Level 3 qualification and/or
Relevant work experience
Successful interview with course leader
GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above
For international students there is an ESOL requirement/IELTS score of 6 (minimum of 5.5 across every element).
The core units will be assessed through assignments, practical coursework, case studies, projects and presentations. The Cisco Networking Academy units will be assessed through a serious of multiple choice online examinations and a final practical skills test as per the Cisco recommendations.
What does this course lead to?
After successfully completing this course, you can progress your career in many different branches of the sector, including network management or advanced technical support. You can also progress within higher education, by enrolling onto the second year of a relevant Degree programme.
How to Apply
Via the college's online application system at www.bcot.ac.uk