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Computing and IT
Computing and IT
Mode of study HE Full Time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 9 September 2019 Please note that day of week is just an indication at this stage and could be subject to change
Tuition Fee £6,500 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost
Course code FLR4CMP001 (1921)
  • Who is it for?

    Course Specification

    The Higher Education Computing Science courses at Shrewsbury College are run in conjunction with Staffordshire University. They provide a range of qualifications from part time Higher National Certificates (HNC) to full time Higher National Diplomas (HND), with the provision of progression to a BSc Degree at Staffordshire University. If you are currently employed in a computing related field there is the option to do a part time Foundation Degree (FDSc) in Computing. These qualifications are designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to enhance their career potential in the computing profession. The courses are suitable for progressing Level 3 students, such as BTEC Diplomas and A Levels, and mature returning learners who have some computing experience.

  • Entry Requirements

    This course is awarded by Staffordshire University. It is a standard requirement for the admissions criteria for all partner awards to be agreed by the University in conjunction with its partner colleges. The University Programme Advisors work with the participating Colleges to agree the appropriate entry requirements and ensure that these are applied consistently and fairly across all delivery sites. The ultimate authority for admission to the awards remains with the university. The normal admissions requirements for the Higher National Diploma programme are 48 points from the UCAS Tariff. Students offering Advanced Modern Apprenticeship qualifications will be considered. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C mathematics or a recognised equivalent (e.g. 4 x OCN level 5 units; OCR Numeracy, etc.).

    International Students: You will need to have reached a certain standard of speaking English. Please see our ESOL course.

  • What does the course involve

    This course develops your technical skills and knowledge in the field of Computing Science together with learning how to apply these skills in the workplace. The course has a large practical project based element and learning is mainly assessed through the production of technical artefacts. Areas of study on the HND Computing course include: Website Development, Programming, Computer Networking, Computer Hardware, Systems Analysis, Databases, Multimedia, Management for IT, culminating in a final year Computing Project. In addition there is a Professional and Academic Skills module that explicitly focuses on significant elements required for the achievement of the Staffordshire University Graduate Attributes.

  • How is the course assessed

    Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the particular module being studied. Typical assessment methods include assignments, developing portfolios, examinations and presentations.

  • How much does it cost

    You may be asked to contribute to visits and purchase your own books and devices to store electronic information.

  • Additional Notes

    HND Computing programmes are normally delivered over 2 days a week. As with all higher levels of learning it is also vital and expected that candidates take ownership of further independent study to extend learning. On completion of this qualification Shrewsbury College holds an annual Higher Education Awards Ceremony at St Chads in Shrewsbury Town Centre. At Shrewsbury College we do our best to make HE study as easy as possible for you and that includes making living away from home for the first time an exciting prospect, rather than a cause for concern.

    If you’re planning on studying at a higher level at Shrewsbury College, student accommodation is now available in the centre of Shrewsbury. For more information please follow this link:


  • What do I do next?

    Complete the online application form at and click on the 'Apply' part of the site. You can then click 'Register/ Log in' to begin the registration process. Shrewsbury College students must register as 'a student at a college' and input our buzzword "Shrewsbury2019". At the course section, select your chosen subject and course provider is Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology.

    If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the programme most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mitch Neale

Mitch Neale

HND in Computing Science
Previous Institution: Ercall Wood School

I completed a Level 3 in Computing & IT at SCG and enjoyed my time so much on the course that I knew I had to apply for the HND. I wanted to improve my networking knowledge so that I could pursue it as a career. Studying a HE course in Shrewsbury was so appealing to me – a local institution with friendly teachers and more one on one interaction. After this year I will top up my degree at Staffordshire University.

Caroline Ward

Caroline Ward

HND in Computing Science

I wanted to improve my career prospects and chose this course as it covered the areas that I was interested in. The learning is hands-on at Shrewsbury Colleges Group and the smaller classes mean more interaction with tutors. I wanted to learn design and how to build databases, and I am getting all of that here. The information on web design is first class and you are taught by experts. You are educated in every aspect of system development – hardware and software.

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