Computing HNC

UCAS code 304G

What is special about this course?

The HNC Computing will provide you with useful foundations for a successful career in computing and technology.

It is a broad-based course which will introduce you to, and develop your knowledge of, aspects of software development, technical support, networking and web development.

Special features

  • You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to follow a career in technical support, software development and as an IT technician
  • Successful completion of the HNC Computing may allow progression to the second year of the HND Computer Science
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above PLUS
  • 3 National 5, Standard Grade or Intermediate passes or equivalent OR
  • NC Digital Media Computing; NQ Multimedia Computing; Intermediate 2 Business, Administration and Computing Studies; or SVQ Information Technology
  • You may be required to attend an interview
  • Applicants without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

  • NC Digital Media Computing at SCQF level 6
  • NC Multimedia Computing
  • PDA in Web Development
  • PDA in Web Design
  • PDA in Database Programming
  • CISCO Certified Networking Associate

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Professionalism and ethics in computing
  • Computer systems fundamentals
  • Developing software: introduction
  • Graded unit 1 (examination)
  • Team working in computing
  • Troubleshooting computing problems

Optional units may include:

  • Cloud computing
  • Ethical hacking
  • Computer forensics
  • Computing: introduction to project management
  • E-commerce: publishing web sites
  • SQL: introduction
  • Systems development: introduction
  • Databases introduction
  • Database design fundamentals
  • Multi-user operating systems
  • Digital skills
  • Developing mobile web-based applications: an introduction
  • Software development testing
  • Software development: programming foundations
  • Technical support: supporting users - software
  • Technical support: supporting users - hardware
  • SD: applications development

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • Evening (subject to demand)
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £434 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit)** £434 £448

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you might like to consider a career as a trainee programmer, systems analyst, or database administrator.

Find out more about careers in computing.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HNC Computing, it may be possible to progress to the second year of the HND Computer Science, and then to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Computing degree.

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