Higher National Diploma in Computing

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About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 35,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. Edexcel, BTEC, and LCCI qualifications are awarded by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognized and benchmarked. Pearson believes in putting the learner at the center of everything because wherever learning flourishes, people do as well.

Introduction to BTEC

BTEC is one of the world’s most successful and best-loved applied learning brands, engaging students in practical, interpersonal, and thinking skills for more than thirty years.

BTECs are work-related qualifications for students taking their first steps into employment, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities. BTECs provide progression into the workplace either directly or via study at university and are also designed to meet employer’s needs. Therefore, Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are widely recognized by the industries and higher education sector, as the principal vocational qualification at Levels 4 and 5. When redeveloping the Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Computing, we collaborated with a wide range of students, employers, higher education providers, colleges, and subject experts to ensure that the new qualifications meet their needs and expectations. We also worked closely with the relevant professional bodies, to ensure alignment with recognized professional standards.

There is now a greater emphasis on employer engagement and work readiness. The new Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Computing is designed to reflect this increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, thereby providing students with a clear line of sight to employment and to progression to a degree at Level 6.

Why choose Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals?

Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to help students secure the knowledge, skills, and behavior needed to succeed in the workplace. They represent the latest professional standards and provide opportunities to students to develop behaviors for work, for example by undertaking a group project or responding to a client brief.

A student may even achieve exemption from professional or vendor qualifications, or student membership of selected professional bodies, to help them on their journey to professional competence.

At the same time the BTEC Higher Nationals are intended to keep doors open for future study should a student wish to progress further in their education after their level 5 study. They do this by allowing space for the development of higher education study skills, such as the ability to research. Clear alignment of the level of demand with the Framework for Higher Education qualification descriptors at levels 4 and 5 means that students wishing to progress to level 6 study should feel better prepared. The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals address these various requirements by providing:

  • A range of core, optional, and specialist units, each with a clear purpose, so there is something to suit each student’s choice of program and future progression plans.
  • Fully revised content that is closely aligned with the needs of employers, professional bodies, vendors, and higher education for a skilled future workforce.
  • Learning outcomes mapped against professional body standards and vendor accreditation requirements, where appropriate.
  • Assessments and projects were chosen to help students progress to the next stage (this means some are set by the center to meet local needs, while others are set by Pearson).
  • An approach to demand at level 4 and 5 which is aligned within the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).
  • Support for students and tutors including Schemes of Work and Example Assessment Briefs.

BTEC HND – Computing

Who is this qualification for?

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the computing sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their careers in computing. In addition to the knowledge, understanding, and skills that underpin the study of the computing sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in computing give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

Key features

Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Computing offers:

  • A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be engaging and memorable for students.
  • The essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into further study or the world of work.
  • A simplified structure: students undertake a substantial core of learning in the BTEC Higher National Certificate and can build on this in the BTEC Higher National Diploma, with specialized and optional units linked to their area of study.
  • Six specialized pathways in the BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma, so there is something to suit each student’s preference of study and future progression plans.
  • Refreshed content that is closely aligned with Professional Body, vendor, employer and higher education needs.
  • Assessments that consider cognitive skills (what students know) along with affective and applied skills (how they behave and what they can do, respectively)
  • Unit-specific grading and Pearson set assignments.
  • A varied approach to assessment that supports progression to Level 6 and also allows centres to offer assessments relevant to the local economy, thereby accommodating and enhancing different learning styles.
  • Quality assurance measures – as outlined in sections 6 and 7 of this Programme Specification – to ensure that all stakeholders (e.g. professional bodies, vendors, universities, businesses, colleges and students) can feel confident in the integrity and value of the qualifications.
  • A qualification designed to meet the needs and expectations of students aspiring to work in an international business environment.
Qualification Frameworks

Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designated higher education qualifications in the UK. They are aligned to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Benchmark Statements. These qualifications are part of the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Purpose of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the computing sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

Objectives of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing

The objectives of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing are as follows:

  • To equip students with computing skills, knowledge, and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global computing environment.
  • To provide education and training for a range of careers in computing, including network engineering, software engineering, data analytics, security, intelligent systems, and application development.
  • To provide insight and understanding into international computing operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a globalized market place.
  • To equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organizations, cross-cultural issues, diversity, and values.
  • To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in computing, or progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in computing or a related area.
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques, and personal attributes essential for successful working lives.
  • To provide opportunities for those students with a global outlook to aspire to international career pathways.
  • To provide opportunities for students to achieve a nationally-recognized professional qualification.
  • To provide opportunities for students to achieve vendor accredited certifications.
  • To offer students the chance of career progression in their chosen field.
  • To allow flexibility of study and to meet local or specialist needs.
  • To offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations.

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification made up of 240 credits. | Duration : 2 Years

 S.No  Units  Credit
 1  Programming   15
 2  Networking   15
 3  Professional Practice   15
 4  Database Design & Development   15
 5  Security   15
 6  Managing a Successful Computing Project   15
 7  Website Design & Development   15
 8  Strategic Information Systems   15
 9  Business Intelligence   15
 10  Cloud Computing   15
 11  E-commerce & Strategy   15
 12  Data Mining   15
 14 Operating System   15
 14 Artificial Intelligence   15
 15 Computing Research Project   30
Total   240

What could these qualifications lead to?

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in computing at Level 4, vendor-accredited certification, and professional body membership, all of which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage.

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma allows students to specialize by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.

On successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma at Level 5, students can
develop their careers in the computing sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate vendor accredited certificates
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant computing-related courses.

How Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing provide both transferable employability skills and academic study skills

Students need both relevant qualifications and employability skills to enhance their career prospects and contribute to their personal development. Pearson BTEC Higher National Computing qualifications embed the development of key skills throughout the programme; attributes and strengths required by 21st century employers.

Where employability skills are referred to in this specification, this generally refers to skills in three main categories:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems by applying expert and creative solutions, use of systems and digital technology, generating and communicating ideas creatively.
  • Intra-personal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and self-development, self-analysis and reflection, planning and prioritising.
  • Interpersonal skills: effective communication and articulation of information, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.

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