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Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Computing (RQF)

Course Code: HD5PUF 

Full-Time Programme 

Location: Hayes Campus 

Duration: 32 weeks 

Start Date: 04/10/2021 

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00 

Entry Requirements  

Satisfactory completion of Level 4 Higher National Certificate in relevant computing-related subjects with a good attendance and an excellent College report. External applicants will be considered subject to matching of HNC units and satisfactory references.  

All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent. Mature students with appropriate related industry experience are encouraged to apply. 

Who is the course for 

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. In addition, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in computing give students experience of the breadth and depth that will prepare students for further study or training. The programme is a non-specialist ‘Computing’ pathway, without committing to a particular professional specialism. As a result, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing programme is valued by companies and employers, and is perfect for individuals who wish to have a more of a ‘hands-on’ experience with their studies and is also valuable in preparing students for life at university. 

Course Content 

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma consists of the Level 4 Higher National Certificate plus an additional 120 credits at Level 5 delivered via the general Computing pathway. The unit combinations and the list of optional units are: 

Mandatory Units: 

  • Computing Research Project (Pearson-set) 
  • Business Intelligence 

Optional units:

  • Cloud Computing 
  • Network Security 
  • Advanced Programming 
  • E-Commerce & Strategy 
  • Artificial Intelligence 

Cisco “CCNAv7”, Cisco “Cybersecurity Essentials” & Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing are integrated in the BTEC L5 HND in computing programme. Actual optional units may be subject to change if sufficient number of students decide to follow one of the six specialist pathways offered by Pearson. The course will also develop a broad range of transferable skills, which include communicating, team work, planning & organising, problem solving, IT skills and numerical techniques. 

Study Methods 

  • 75% classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor 
  • 20% work-based learning supervised by a tutor 
  • 5% e-Learning supervised by a tutor in real time, guest speakers and field trips (Optional). 

Students will attend college for 14 hours – over three days. Students are expected to complete approximately 22.5 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research in LRC and completing assignments). 

How is the course assessed 

Assessment is through a series of assignments including 95% written assignments, 4% group work, 1% presentations. the grades in each subject unit are shown as: 

  • pass 
  • merit 
  • distinction 

Where next - Further Studies 

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant computing-related courses. Details of entry requirements for BTEC Higher National graduates into degree programmes at institutions in the UK and internationally can be found on the Degree Course Finder website ( Or @ BSc degree programmes and MSc programmes after suitable post-diploma experience. Students have progressed onto the final year of a degree course at the following universities: 

  • Hertfordshire University 
  • Plymouth University 
  • Middlesex University 
  • Greenwich University 
  • Westminster University 
  • Staffordshire University 
  • Northumbria University 
  • London Metropolitan University 
  • London South Bank University 
  • Anglia Ruskin University 
  • West London University 
  • East London University 
  • Huddersfield University 
  • Bath University 

Where next - Job Opportunities 

The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the computing sector. Previous students have successfully gained employment in the following roles: Network Administrator, IT help desk, Application Developer, Network Engineer, Computer Service and Repair Technician, Network Manager, Software Developer, Business Analyst, Web Developer, IT Support Technician, Systems Tester, Web Designer, etc. 

More Information 

Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on:

  • Assessment and grading 
  • College rules and resources 
  • Student support and representation. 

UCAS Code: I100 

Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students. 

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2021-22 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit for more information. 


  • Home Fees: £5,605
  • Overseas Fees: £7,543 

The fees quoted are for students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration. 

Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government. 

Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary. 

If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students 

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Computing (RQF)

Uxbridge, UK
Level 5

Published on 29 Apr 2021

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