Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Higher
8 September 20202 yearsDaniel Jones

Validated by the University of Portsmouth (UoP)


  • An A level in Computing or related subject, or Level 3 vocational equivalent (diploma/extended diploma), or equivalent industry experience in a relevant field
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
  • Applicants may also be invited to a formal interview at the college, to which they should bring a portfolio/e-portfolio of recent work

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 for their studies. Any software that is required will be available to students and other specialist software will be provided on specialised computers at the college.


On this HND Computing course, you’ll prepare yourself for further study or employment in the computing industry. You’ll learn about topics such as programming, networking, business intelligence and IT security and get to apply what you learn on a work placement and on community projects.

When you complete the course, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and experience to start a career in the computing industry. You could also top up your HND to a BSc directly at the University of Portsmouth.

For more information on the HND Computing, visit the course page on the University of Portsmouth’s website.

The course will be delivered right here at The Isle of Wight College.


Over the two years you will study a total of 15 modules which include your final project in the second year:

Year 1 Year 2
  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Project
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Website Design and Development
  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Operating Systems
  • Advanced Programming
  • Database Management Systems
  • User Experience & Interface Design
  • Games Development

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


Attendance will normally be 2 days 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, seminars, workshops and discussion groups, tutorials and practical sessions in supportive small group environments with experienced teaching staff alongside self-study.

The course will employ a variety of assessment opportunities to include coursework, presentations 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.


Higher National Diplomas are valued by employers and can lead to a variety of career opportunities in areas such as:

  • Business continuity analyst
  • Software engineer
  • Web developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Online course developer
  • Games developer

If you want to continue your studies, you can top up your HND to a Bachelor’s degree by joining the final year of the BSc (Hons) Computing course.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from the Portsmouth Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


This course is validated by the University of Portsmouth.  This is a full time Higher Education (HE) course and applications can be made either through the University of Portsmouth online form or via UCAS.

Application should be made to University of Portsmouth using the online form.


Fees for 2020 are £6,165 (per annum) and may incur a small inflationary rise for 2021.

For information regarding assistance with fees and accessing loans, please refer to the government student finance site.

Advice is also available via The University of Portsmouth Student Finance Centre.

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