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Higher National Certificate in Computing and Systems Development (Dover)



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12 hours with additional tutorial time and independent study.



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What does this course involve?

The HNC in Computing and Systems Development is an established technical qualification that is highly respected throughout the computing industry. This course provides individuals with the opportunity to develop practical skills over a wide range of computing applications. This is a Level 4 qualification and therefore is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme. This programme is designed for individuals wishing to pursue a career in the IT Sector as a web developer, programmer, database administrator, or network administrator. This programme is distinctive because it develops industry UNIX and Linux skills. The most important values which inform this programme are engineering best practices. The academic content of this programme concentrates on industrial networking and engineering with an emphasis on testing.


What qualifications do I need?

An offer of a place on the Higher National Certificate is offered in terms of grades up to a certain number of UCAS tariff points. For example, a typical offer for entry to an HNC is 48 UCAS tariff points and you should possess or be working towards GCSE grades C and above in English and maths. All applicants will be interviewed.


You will learn through assignments, coursework, controlled assessments and projects.

Fees & Costs

For UK students £6,000 per year (one year programme)
For non-EU students £6,600 per year (one year programme)

If you choose to progress on to a HND after this your total fees will be £12,000. (£13,200 for non-EU students ).

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All prices quoted are given as a guide, and may be subject to change. Eligible students may be able to get help with course related costs such a travel, equipment and childcare.


Progression to level 5 HND or the second year of university. Future careers include: network engineer, software developer, web designer

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