HND Computing and Software Development

Course Information

DurationStart Date(s)Study Type
2 Years2 SeptemberFull Time

Please note fees listed for a single academic year are subject to change, courses longer than one year may incur additional fees.

Accredited by The University of Chichester.

Course Co-ordinator : Mike Plapp

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally be at least 18 years old and have at the following:

  • 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above, including Maths and English

In addition students should have at least one of the following:

  • Qualifications at Level 3 amounting to a minimum of 160 UCAS tariff points from appropriate routes of study
  • Access to Higher Education qualification

For international students, IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each unit

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement which may include work experience (paid and/or unpaid), technical competencies and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.


The Higher National Diploma is a specialist vocational programme with a strong work related element at HND level, which is included as one of the 2nd year units.  The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the sector with national recognition by employers allowing progression direct into employment or to degree.

It is a franchised award; the awarding body is the University of Chichester (UC). Furthermore it also allows students (Network path) to achieve the full CCNA qualification (Cisco Certified Network Associate), a vocational qualification widely recognized through the software and networking industry


All paths consist of 16 modules which includes compulsory core modules:

  • Research Techniques
  • Work Experience
  • Project

The Software Engineering path includes 4 specialist modules:

  • Event Driven Programming (PA)
  • Procedural Programming (PA)
  • OO Programming (PA)
  • Web Apps Dev (PA)

The remaining 9 modules are taken from a pool of modules


A key progression path for Higher National Diploma learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the Higher National units to the degree programme in question. Alternatively, successful candidates may opt to enter employment or undertake further more specialist study.


Programme Specification

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