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School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Information Technology


This course is suitable for applicants want to work within IT support and IT Technical roles, indivduals who want a career that involves the practical application of Computing and IT in businesses.

This course is suitable for applicants want to work within IT support and IT Technical roles, indivduals who want a career that involves the practical application of Computing and IT in businesses.

Why choose this course?

This course is suitable for applicants want to work within IT support and IT Technical roles, indivduals who want a career that involves the practical application of Computing and IT in businesses. This course assumes no previous experience in Computing or Information Technology and covers a wide range of topics that relate to the subject areas.

The course differs from our Computing HND in two main areas. Firstly, there is a greater emphasis on technology, experienced through studying Computer Systems Engineering and leading to Server Management. Secondly, it covers aspects of Information Systems that will lead to un understanding of how Technology and Information Systems can be used within business environments.

On successful completion of this course graduates will be eligible to undertake a year and a half course to top-up to a BSc (hons) degree.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Level 4, you will study Introductory Programming and Problem Solving, Website Fundamentals, Academic and Employability Skills.

Semester 2 Level 4, you will study Practical Projects, E-commerce and Marketing, Business Analysis.

Semester 1 Level 5, you will be study, IT Support, Information Systems Design, Database Systems.

Semester 2 Level 5, you will study Computer Networks, IT/IS Management, Collaborative Development, Professional Experience and Development, Basic Language, Elementary Language.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This course could lead to a career in a wide range of industrial and commercial organisations in both private and public sectors such as:

  • IT Technician
  • IT and User Support Services
  • Web Developer
  • Network Technician
  • Programmer
You may also choose to progress to full degree in a related subject area or with an appropriate education qualification you could pursue a career in Information Technology teaching as there is a current shortage of ICT teachers nationally.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The course focuses on meeting the needs of industry, providing you with skills and understanding of the latest innovations in Computing and Information Technology.

This course can be succeeded by one of our many top-up degree courses enabling you to convert your HND into a full BSc (Hons) degree in an IT/Computing related subject.

A practical approach is taken to the course delivery ensuring that you are equipped with the necessary skills for employment within the IT Industry.

The Mathematics and Computer Science department includes staff who achieved a very high rating in the recent Research Assessment Exercise. The team includes internationally recognised Professors including an Oracle Ace Director and the world’s first professor in Mobile Learning.

We pride ourselves on the academic support and guidance given by our friendly and approachable staff. Students have shown their appreciation for this by the exceptionally high ratings they have given us in the National Student Survey.

Following the changing demand in recent mathematical research and applications, this course has evolved to provide a modern outlook on the subject and the important role it plays in the ever-changing world of commerce, industry and education.

This course is appropriate for those who want to proceed in teaching and we have an excellent record of producing graduates who proceed to study a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and subsequently enter a career in teaching ICT.

  1. Identify and apply appropriate theory, tools and techniques used in the Computing industry (e.g. current and emerging technologies in IT, project management, IT in organisations, practice of programming, data systems, design and construction of web systems, networks and server management) to the servicing of ICT needs of business.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of the essential facts, concepts, principles, theories and practices enabling graduate employment in applications of Information Technology (e.g. information technology planning, deployment and management, information technology project management).
  3. Demonstrate a range of transferable skills in: problem solving; communication; project management; working individually and in teams; self-management ; and the ability to gather, evaluate and reflect on information from relevant sources and synthesise new knowledge and solutions to requirements in the domain of applications of information technology.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £ per year 2020-21
International Full-time £ per year 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry

Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C+/4 or equivalent


  • 16 UCAS Points
  • E from A Level or equivalent ideally in Science/IT based subject
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Full Award (60 credits) with at least 45 credits at Level 3.
  • Post-16 qualifications, including BTEC should be in a Science/IT based subject
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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