West Herts College
Computing Forensics & Security HND
West Herts College

Key Course Facts


Salary of all UK Graduates of

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26059 £25338 £28029
25-75 percentile range £22088 - £30529 £17868 - £32338 £21868 - £37456

Course Description

The programme covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in computer forensics, cyber defence, security and ethical hacking sectors. As internet intelligence grows, so does the need for well-trained forensic computer analysts and architects. The course is designed to develop a range of technological skills, knowledge and experiences to prepare you for an exciting career in this constantly evolving industry. You'll need to be prepared to learn fast, as security becomes an increasingly pertinent threat you'll be on the front line ready to deal with a wide range of risks and challenges.

On this course you’ll develop essential skills such as time management, teamwork and self-motivation, plus an understanding of the sensitivity and openness required to work with diverse groups.

HNDs provide nationally recognised qualifications that offer career progression, professional development, employment opportunities and further progression within Higher Education. The qualifications are made up of compulsory units and specialist units studied during the first year and second year.

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.

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Computing Forensics & Security HND at West Herts College

35% Information Technology Professionals
20% Administrative occupations
20% Elementary occupations
10% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
10% Sales occupations

There will be a range of assessment opportunities informed by placements or work experience. These may include: Presentations, written assignments and/or practical assessment.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

48 UCAS points from an appropriate level 3 qualification. You will be invited to attend an interview. English Language and maths GCSE at grade D (or grade 4) or above or equivalent. We welcome applications from international or mature students without the required formal qualifications.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Computing

Qualification requirements

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


Tuition Fees Computing Forensics & Security HND

England UK £6165 year 1
Northern Ireland £6165 year 1
Scotland £6165 year 1
Wales £6165 year 1

Additional fee information

Fees listed are per year.

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 West Herts College

West Herts College is an institution that delivers Further Education courses to school leavers and adult learners at their campus locations in Watford, Hemel Hempstead, and Kings Langley.

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Where is this programme taught

Barnfield Enterprise Way
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Main Site - New Bedford Road
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