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Computing HND

This course allows you to develop technical and practical skills in a range of computing subjects including computer technology, database design, internet technology, programming, multimedia, interactive systems design and systems development.

Overview

This course is a stepping-stone towards a full honours degree in Computing.

Reasons to study Computing:

  • This course is a stepping-stone to a full honours degree in Computing
  • You can apply if you’re a mature student or if you don’t have the entry requirements for a full degree
  • Recent graduates from this course are now working as computer engineers, systems engineers, database managers, software developers, development and support officers, as teachers in computing and ICT and in personal identity security for smart cards and smart phones
  • As a DMU student, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a meaningful international experience with #DMUglobal 

Delivered at Leicester College, the first two years of study lead to the award of HND after which you can top-up to an undergraduate degree in Computing. Top-up to a BSc degree requires an additional year of full-time study at the De Montfort University campus.

The modules on this HND have been very carefully designed to provide a fully integrated course of study. Key skills in English and mathematics, business skills including report writing, group work, planning projects and making presentations are fully contextualised within the academic subject content.

The course is especially suitable if you wish to gain a professional qualification without immediately committing to a full term of study, if you are a mature student returning to study, or if you have entry qualifications below those required to start the full degree.

You may also be interested in:

Computing BSc (Hons)

Foundation Year in Computing

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Location: Leicester College

UCAS course code: 104G

Duration: HND Two years full-time. Top up to the BSc degree requires an additional year of full time study at the DMU campus

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £6,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Location: Leicester College

UCAS course code: 104G

Duration: HND Two years full-time. Top up to the BSc degree requires an additional year of full time study at the DMU campus

Fees and funding: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2016 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 140 UCAS points from at least one A-level or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at MPP or
  • Pass in the QAA Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 56 UCAS points from at least one A-level or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at MPP or
  • Pass in the QAA Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

 

First year

  • Business Technology
  • Systems Development
  • Database Management and Reporting
  • Visual Web Development

Second Year

  • Project Management and Development
  • Interactive Systems Design and Evaluation
  • Advanced Programming
  • Multimedia Technology

This course uses a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory sessions, collaborative learning and self-directed study. A number of modules are assessed by coursework only and involve group work.

Assessment in each module is designed to meet its specified learning outcomes. Methods of assessment will include time constrained phase tests, portfolios of work, laboratory exercises, exams, reports and presentations.

You will normally attend around 14-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

Facilities and features

Library Services

Computing HND students will have access to DMU’s extensive library resources and facilities.

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Campus Centre

You will also have access to DMU’s social hub, the Campus Centre, which houses a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work is due to start in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

Leicester College facilities

You will learn in dedicated laboratories at Leicester College equipped with high-specification PCs and professional-standard software, and benefit from state-of-the-art display facilities in laboratories and lecture theatres.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Successful completion of this course can provide an opportunity to top-up to one of the computing undergraduate degrees at DMU.

Recent graduates are now working as computer engineers, systems engineers, database managers, software developers, development and support officers, in personal identity security for smart cards and smart phones, and in teaching in Computing and ICT. Recent graduates are working for companies like the National Grid, Caterpillar, Bosch, Royal Bank of Scotland and Rolls Royce. 

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Top-up Year

Upon successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply for a top-up to a full undergraduate degree at DMU, to further enhance your skills, knowledge and employability.

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