HNC Applied Computing

Course Overview

This programme aims to produce an informed and competent IT graduate by intellectual stimulation, practical application and the development of analytic skills able to apply both the theory and practice to IT.

Level 4 Modules will include:

  • Academic and Employability Skills
  • Computer Architecture and Networking
  • Data Analysis and Data Visualisation
  • Information Engineering
  • Internet Technology and Security
  • Software Development

Information Technology has become a mainstay of nearly every business model. Without IT, accounting functions cannot be performed and customer data linked to these functions cannot be quickly checked and used to underpin business decisions.

In the 21st Century, a business model must contain a web presence and in fact more business is being done digitally than ever before. Information Technology professionals must support these ever changing business requirements by being flexible and knowledgeable. They need to provide their company with hardware support, software support and any other computer based support that is necessary. In small to medium enterprises the IT Manager may need to be multi-skilled, actual hard and soft skills must be underpinned by the ability to keep up with emerging technologies and understand where they are applicable to the company’s business model. 

"There are already, however worryingly digital skills gaps in industry. The economic impact of this skills crisis is already clear. Research by O2 showed that the UK would need 745,000 additional workers with digital skills to meet rising demand from employers over the period 2013–2017. Failure to fill these vacancies would cost the country between £1.6 billion and £2.4 billion a year. TechUK told us that “93% of tech companies surveyed believe that the digital skills gap affects their commercial operations and talent acquisition.” Approximately 50% of employers have digital skills gaps which include specialist, technical roles."
(House of Commons Science and Technology Committee 16-17)

Updated September 2019

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum entry requirements for a HNC programme are:

  1. 48 UCAS tariff points for awards appearing on the UCAS Tariff Table
  2. Access to HE Diploma – Pass
  3. A Level – DD/EEE
  4. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – PPP
  5. BTEC Level 3 Diploma - MP
  6. Modern apprenticeship Level 3 vocational qualification in a related computing discipline
  7. Other equivalent qualifications (e.g. International and European Baccalaureates, City and Guilds, SCOTVEC awards).
  8. A student without one of the above qualifications may be admitted if the course management team feels that he/she has a reasonable chance of completing the programme successfully. This particularly applies to prospective students who may not have the formal qualifications but who can demonstrate relevant experience and a willingness and ability to meet the challenges of the programme.
  9. Students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate competence in the English language, e.g. TEFL points score of 550 or equivalent.

Course Delivery

This programme will run for two academic years, being delivered over 30 weeks per academic year. Dates and times to be confirmed. 

Assessments will normally be carried out by a range of assessment methods e.g. coursework, practical tests, formal examinations.

Progression Opportunities

Successful completion of this programme will allow access to the HND Applied Computing programme at Gower College Swansea.

Students who complete this programme are able to move into employment within the IT/Computing industries

Additional Information

It is recommended that student have access to a suitable form of external storage e.g. pen drive, portable hard disk drive etc.

All prospective students will require a formal interview with the course management team.

Course deliverable in Welsh: