Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Part Time

  • Higher
1 September 20192 yearsDaniel Jones

Validated by The University of Chichester (UoC).


  • Qualifications equivalent to Level 3 amounting to 64 UCAS (120 on the old scale) tariff points from appropriate routes of study.
  • GCSE English and Maths Grade C (Grade 4 on new framework) or above. Or equivalent competency evidenced
  • For international students, IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each unit
  • Or Access to Higher Education qualification

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.

Students will be required to bring their own Laptop to their studies. Any software that is required will be available to students and other specialist software will be available on college computers.


The Higher National Certificate is a specialist vocational programme with strong work related skills.

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 completion of the HND.


Over the two years you will study a total of eight modules.

Four modules are taken each year and could include some of the following:

  • Event Driven Programming
  • Procedural Programming
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Client Side Web Development
  • Web Application Development
  • Data Design Concepts
  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Cisco CCNA

The course content is subject to change to reflect the needs of employers and learners


Attendance will normally be 1 day a week at the Isle of Wight College, with a requirement for reading and additional studies above the contact hours timetabled. Learning will be through lectures, group discussions and workshop activities in supportive small group environments with experienced teaching staff alongside self-study.

The course will employ a variety of assessment opportunities to include coursework, exams and involvement in both individual and group projects. This will give students the opportunity to enhance and practice their skills in informal settings while competencies gained are to be fully transferable to the workplace. Assessment will be throughout the course with exams as additional assessment on some modules.


Higher National Certificates are valued by employers and can lead to a variety of career opportunities in areas such as software engineering, systems development and networking design or, progression to further study to a HND at Level 5 and later BSc (Hons) to level 6 opportunities at other universities with an appropriate grade profile.


Fees for 2019 are £3,250 (per annum) and may incur a small inflationary rise for 2020.  For information regarding assistance with fees and accessing loans; please refer to the government student finance website.

Advice is also available via The University of Chichester website.

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