Farnborough College of Technology
Computing and Systems Development HNC
Farnborough College of Technology

Key Course Facts


Salary of all UK Graduates of

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27334 £25150 £29857
25-75 percentile range £23230 - £32967 £18886 - £32933 £21689 - £41100

Course Description

The HNC in Computing will develop your technical skills through applied learning across a wide-ranging study of the computing sector – perfect if you want to pursue or advance your career in computing. The course starts each September and is awarded by Pearson.

• This course provides a route into careers related to computing including software design, computer networking and more • You will have the opportunity to gain a CISCO CCNA 1 qualification during your degree • One-year qualification to be followed up with a HND and top-up degree • Taught at University Centre Farnborough, with modern facilities including our high quality computing suite with access to the latest software • You will enhance your knowledge, understanding and skills to set you up ready to enter into successful employment in the computing industry

Computing is at the forefront of everyday life in the 21st century, evolving at a fast rate. The ability to adapt with the industry and to understand different computing systems could lead to a variety of interesting tech-based careers.

At Farnborough, you will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in an IT environment. Not only will you develop skills specific to IT, you will also develop behaviours for work, for example by undertaking a group project or responding to a client brief. As part of the course you will earn vendor qualifications including CISCO CCNA part 1, which is recognised by employers.

An HNC in Computing will allow you to study key areas of computing before moving onto a Higher National Diploma in your second year, where specialist pathways are available.

WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR? This computing programme is for those with a passion to study and work in the exciting world of information technology. You might currently be working in the sector already, studying a Level 3, A Level, or Access to Higher Education course; be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? The modules introduce you to the core concepts of programming and networking essentials including protocols, security and how they operate. You will develop an understanding of database design and development and improve on your knowledge of security, the risks and how a security breach can impact on an organisation. To demonstrate your management and research skills you will implement your own project.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Computing and Systems Development, HNC you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Grading & Study Time

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes in-class tests, assessed practical work, assessed coursework/assignments, and formative assessment through assignment work feedback, practical demonstrations, project report, project presentation and examination. HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT? You will be taught in a variety of ways including lectures, individual presentations, practical’s, independent and group exercise instructions.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Computing and Systems Development, HNC, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Computing and Systems Development HNC

England UK £5000 year 1
Northern Ireland £5000 year 1
Scotland £5000 year 1
Wales £5000 year 1
Channel Islands £5000 year 1
EU £5000 year 1
International £7500 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

About Farnborough College of Technology

Farnborough College of Technology is a further and higher education institution located in the town of Farnborough, in the Southeastern region of England. Their main campus is found on Boundary road, and is where the significant majority of the college’s courses take place. These include A-Levels for those who want to go to university, T-Levels, Vocational courses, Adult Courses, and more. The college has earned itself an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted education inspectors on numerous occasions, due to exceptional standards of teaching and the advanced facilities that they offer.

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Where is this programme taught

University Centre Farnborough
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Main Site - Boundary Road
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