Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full 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 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.

It is a franchised award; the awarding body is the University of Chichester and allows for students to study Higher Education on the Island. The HND 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 at an equivalent to the first two years of a full degree programme.


Over the two years you will study a total of 16 modules which include three compulsory modules. Eight modules are taken each year and the following is an example:

  • Research Techniques
  • Client Side Web Development
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Database Design Concepts
  • Designing Corporate Branding
  • Web Application Development
  • Procedural Programming
  • e-Commerce Technologies
  • Work Based Experience
  • Software Development Project
  • Information Systems
  • Data Management
  • 2D Games Development
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Systems Analysis and Design

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, 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 Diplomas 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 BSc (Hons) direct entry to level 6 opportunities at other universities with an appropriate grade profile.

Upon completion, you will receive a Higher National Diploma in Computing and Software Development at either a Pass, Merit or Distinction


Fees for 2019 are £6,000 (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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