Heart of Worcestershire College
Computing HNC
Heart of Worcestershire College

Key Course Facts


Salary of all UK Graduates of

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26936 £25004 £28642
25-75 percentile range £23235 - £30863 £19406 - £30999 £21600 - £37048

Course Description

Our HNC is a specialist computing course. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in an ever expanding IT industry. You will establish essential skills in network design, computer architecture, systems, web design and maintenance as well as professional development.

Situated in our state of the art, centre of Digital Learning (CODE); we have crafted a course to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in an ever expanding IT industry. You will establish core skills in computing before choosing this specialist pathway at level 5.

Units will be taught using a variety of teaching and learning styles: formal taught sessions, directed learning, tutor-led discussion and seminars, practical workshops with students working individually and/or in groups according to need and their learning preference. The delivery of the course may be a combination of online and face-to-face delivery if required. Full-time study is sixteen hours per week, over two semesters, including tutorial time. Part-time study is eight hours per week, over two semesters, including tutorial time. It is expected that for every hour spent in the classroom, the equivalent is dedicated to independent, self-directed learning outside contact hours. The Computing teaching team is made up of highly experienced vocational staff with several years’ experience of teaching both software development and networking at undergraduate level. All team members have relevant teaching qualifications which arm them with the skills to share their first-hand knowledge and expertise with students.

**Units will be assessed using a variety of methods:** reports, seminars, presentations, practical workshops, academic essays, screencasts and portfolios of evidence. Alternative assessment methods may be used where appropriate.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Alternatively, ‘A Level’ pass in an IT related subject or equivalent, or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT. For applicants 21 and over, relevant industrial experience or vendor certification will be taken into account. Learners are expected to be able to demonstrate English language comprehension at a level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 to be able to study BTEC Higher Nationals.

Qualification requirements

The College has a commitment to widening participation in Higher Education, and will therefore give careful consideration to prior experiential learning, non-traditional qualifications and qualifications obtained outside of the United Kingdom.

Heart of Worcestershire College is not a licensed student sponsor for UK student visa's. We are therefore unable to issue student visa's for study in the UK under the Tier 4 UK immigration points based system.

Heart of Worcestershire College is offering HE Boost awards of up to £1500 each to all first year full time HE students. The funding will paid in 3 instalments in November, January and May. If you are applying for your first year of your first Higher Education course and have “Firmly” accepted an offer of a place on a HE programme at Heart of Worcestershire College as your first choice (not insurance) you may be eligible. To be eligible you must meet the national criteria: • Normally resident in England • Have a household income of less than £25,000 (as assessed through Student Finance England) • Self funding, not sponsored by an employer, the NHS nor the Training and Development Agency for Schools. Please note that due to the limited nature of these funds meeting the criteria does not equate to an entitlement to the Boost award. Each application will be considered by the panel of senior staff based on the information provided.

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


Tuition Fees Computing HNC

EU £8500 year 1
England UK £8500 year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 year 1
Scotland £8500 year 1
Wales £8500 year 1
Channel Islands £8500 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, 2025

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 Heart of Worcestershire College

Heart of Worcestershire College is an academic institution that is mainly dedicated to delivering professional, technical and vocational courses. The college carries out their programmes across four campus sites, which include Worcester, Redditch, Bromsgrove, and Malvern.

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