Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems development

Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development

BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide specialist vocational programmes, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows progression direct into employment.

BTEC Higher Nationals offer a strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding in their sector. Learners are attracted to this strong vocational programme of study that meets their individual progression needs whether this is into employment or to further study on degree or professional courses.

This programme will provide you with a range of skills in a technological and management context. It is highly relevant to a range of careers in the IT sector such as information system design and management, IT manufacturing, IT maintenance and technical services areas, e-business strategy and/or technical support, systems analysts, software engineers and developers.


Successful completion of any of these courses may entitle graduate to progress to third year of Hons Degree in Computer Science related programmes. See university list OR search Edexcel degree course finder here- Edexcel Degree Course Finder

1 year top-up degree related courses below:

  • BSc in Computer Science
  • BSc in Games Development
  • BSc in Multimedia Development



Semester 1

      1. Business Skills for e-Commerce (Mandatory Unit)
      2. Computer Systems (Mandatory Unit)
      3. Employability and Professional Development(Mandatory Unit)
      4. Object Oriented Programming

Semester 2

    1. Internet Marketing
    2. Website Design
    3. Programming in Java
    4. Business Skills for e-Commerce(Mandatory Unit)

Semester 3

    1. Programming in .NET
    2. Network Technologies
    3. Web Applications Development
    4. Research Skills

Semester 4

    1. Database Design Concepts
    2. Project Design, Implementation and Evaluations (Mandatory Unit)
    3. Multimedia Design and Authoring
    4. Digital Media in Art and Design

Programme information

      • Strart Date: 6th October, 2014
      • Delivery Method: Online live training and Classroom
      • Course Duration: 2 Years
      • Essential Requirement: Text books, Good internet service and a fast Computer network.
      • ECTS Credits: 60
      • Application Deadline:19 /09/2014
      • Fee per year: €2,850(EU) | €4,500
      • Registration Fee: £220

Entry Requirements

    To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme, applicants must:

      1. Hold a Level 5 or a FETAC award at NFQ Level 6 or equivalent
      2. Leaving Certificate Award-5 Passes
      3. Completion of a recognised Access Programme (or equivalent).
      4. For those EU students who have not completed their education through the medium of English, IELTS of 5.5 score band or TOEFL equivalency, or Pearson Test of English General (PTE General)
      5. Mature students, those at the age of 23 or higher on January 1st of the year of the course of entry
      6. Managers with considerable experience but no formal qualifications may be considered, subject to interview and being able to demonstrate their ability to cope with the demands of the programme.

Career Opportunities

      • This programme offers a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.
      • The Job readiness component in this programme are: The Personal and Professional Development unit gives learners an opportunity to get constant tutorials on CV preparation, job-seeking and interview skills and complete a mandatory 200 hours work placement.
      • Flexible training method will be used (blended learning) all training will be recorded and posted up on Moodle for students to access to re-enforce learning and also for students to access should they miss a class or become employed, this will ensure completion of the programme.
      • An opportunity to learn other Languages like French, German and Spanish up to Advance level. This will open more opportunities for participants.
      • Industry specific guest speakers from different companies will participate in the delivery of the programme. This will present an opportunity for students to network with industry professionals.