Computer Science HND

UCAS code 001I

What is special about this course?

The HND Computer Science course has been designed to meet the growing needs of IT and computing-related sectors, giving you an up-to-date, recognised qualification within the context of an ever-changing employment market.

The range of optional subjects available will allow you to focus on different aspects, perhaps where there is a local demand for particular skills. The inclusion of subjects such as cloud computing, convergence technologies, network technology and advanced software development will ensure that your qualification is relevant for the 21st century.

On successful completion you will be able to demonstrate competency in a wide range of related skills such as design and implementation of applications including: database design; website design and support; mobile application development; and technical support.

Special features

  • You will gain skills required by employers or for progression to degree-level study
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • You will develop up-to-date skills while working with real clients
  • You will develop basic research and scholarly skills which will prepare you for future study

Accommodation

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

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • You may be required to attend an interview

Access routes

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
  • Database design fundamentals
  • Multi-user operating systems
  • Developing mobile web-based applications: an introduction
  • Software development testing
  • Software development: programming foundations
  • Software development: applications development
  • Technical support: supporting users - software
  • Technical support: supporting users - hardware

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

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • HND computing: graded unit 2
  • Managing a web server
  • Relational database management systems
  • Developing websites for multiplatform use

Optional units may include:

  • Computer networks: building local area networks
  • Cloud computing
  • Computer forensics fundamentals
  • Computing: PC hardware and operating systems essentials
  • Configuring a desktop operating system
  • COS 2
  • Human computer interaction
  • Mathematics for computing 1
  • Security concepts
  • Software development: developing small scale standalone apps
  • Software development: object oriented programming
  • Troubleshooting a desktop operating system

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)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 2 years 
  • Part-time: 4 years

Fees

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.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The HND Computer Science will prepare you for a career in programming, website development, as a support technician or database administrator.

Find out more about careers in computing.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HND Computer Science you may progress to the third year of  the BSc (Hons) Computing.

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