Our HND Computing has been aligned to the occupational standard for Software Developers. It has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) as a HTQ Software Engineering. Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are Level 4 and 5 qualifications (such as HNDs/Foundation Degrees/ Diploma HE) that have been approved as meeting occupational standards for the relevant sector.
Having been developed in collaboration with employers in an ambition to meet the needs of the growing demands of the industry, a Higher Technical Qualification provides the opportunity to gain the proper training, knowledge, and skills to be successful in the workplace. Studying for the HTQ in Computing at Fareham College, you will access state-of-the-art facilities that align with the industry. Complete with lab facilities, high tech specifications and modern settings, you will study a broad range of computing topics that prepare you for your next steps.
In your first year of studying for the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing (General pathway), you will be required to complete the following six mandatory units and one specialist unit:
- Professional practice
- Database design & development
- Planning a computing project (Pearson-set)
- Software development lifecycles (specialist).
In addition, you will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios. You will also be given the opportunity to study units aligned to professional vendor qualifications and allow you, if you wish to apply after unit completion, to be assessed externally for the vendor qualification.
After successfully completing the first year and achieving the Level 4 National Certificate in Computing, you will progress onto the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, which allows you to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes directed towards degree level study.
At Fareham College, you have the opportunity to specialise in one of the following areas all of which have been aligned to the occupational standards defined by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE)
Specialist routes include:
- Software Engineering where you will study units such as: data structures and algorithms, Applied programming and design principles, discrete maths.
- Network Engineering where you will study units such as: transport network design, cloud computing, network security.
- Cyber Security where you will study units such as: applied cryptography, information security management, forensics.
The Higher Technical qualification is a two-year course that consists of:
- Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing (1st year)
- Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing (2nd year)
Availability & Enrolment:
Tuition fees are payable for all Higher Education courses and the fee for this course is displayed in the information above. This can be paid for in a number of ways:
• HE Loan (or Advanced Learner Loan for some courses)
• Instalment Plan
• Lump sum
HE Loans are easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000.
If you applying for our Level 4 Creative Enterprise Diploma, there may be no fees to pay if you are under 19 at the start of the course.
For any questions about fees, remissions and entitlements, please contact our Enrolments Team on 01329 815 200.