Technologies and computing have radically evolved and are now heavily embedded in everyday life. If you are looking to start a career or boost your existing skills in this pivotal industry, there is a course here for you.

About the course

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing is a valuable qualification recognised by industry which allows you to develop your knowledge and skills in computing at a higher level.

You will study a range of units including programming, networking, professional practice, database design and development, security, project software and website design.

Students will benefit from our excellent cutting-edge computing facilities, small student groups and extremely supportive, industry-experienced teaching staff.


The course is assessed through written and practical work, for example developing apps using software, creating networks using software or creating websites, preparing reports, case studies, and presentations. Assessment methods replicate the real-life professional activities and are an effective way to prepare our students to be the best to employ.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths at A* to C/9-4 (or equivalent)

and 48-64 UCAS Tariff points including maths, science, engineering, computer science, electronic systems or similar

or a Level 3 BTEC qualification / A Level / Access to Higher Education Certificate in one of the following maths, science, engineering, computer science, electronic systems or similar

or relevant work experience


direct progression to HND in Computing

or to the second year of a degree in Computing, or a closely related discipline at a university.

or to further study such as a Professional Development Qualification or vendor qualifications offered by Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, CompTIA and Oracle

or going into employment or becoming self-employed

Additional information

Industry speakers

Workshops led by professionals from the industry

Visits to events

The course is timetabled one day a week.

This course is eligible for a Student Loan. Visit the Student Finance  page for more information.