Duration of Study Programme
3 Academic Years
2 years Higher National Diploma: Pearson (UK)
1 year Top-Up Degree: University of Hertfordshire
October & January
The Computer Science programme aims at providing you with opportunities to develop specific in-depth technical abilities and skills that are relevant to the design, development and management of computing-based systems that support information handling and decision making, and to develop a broad understanding of, and practical abilities in, a range of computing disciplines.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- develop a range of cognitive abilities relevant to the design, development and evaluation of programmed solutions to problems;
- develop a range of practical skills relevant to the design, development and evaluation of programmed solutions to problems;
- develop a range of transferable skills including communication, logical presentation of ideas and arguments, and independent and team working; and practice these skills within the context of their studies;
- recognise and begin to appreciate the legal, social, ethical and professional issues involved in the application of your knowledge and skills to a range of problems;
- encounter a broad range of activities drawn from a variety of problem domains.
- develop specific in depth technical abilities and skills that are relevant to the design, development and management of computational systems;
- develop a broad understanding of, and practical abilities in, a range of computing disciplines.
What you will study
You will study modules such as:
How you will learn
First and Second Year:
ICT is both an academic and a practical subject so you will be taught with a flexible classroom-based method, through different ways, such as lectures, discussions and hands-on activities. We provide you with key reading and research activities, and you will make the most of our learning portal.
Our classrooms are equipped with PCs running Windows 7 and/or Linux and a whole range of industry-standard and educational software from Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, and others.
Most of our students bring their own laptops, but this is not essential since you can use the school’s facilities. Our Learning Portal Moodle allows you to access electronic learning resources, as well as electronic discussions with lecturers and other students.
With online study, you study at your own choice of time and place, saving on travel and accommodation costs and fitting in with your other commitments.
Our programmes begin on specific dates, you study as a small group and there are deadlines for coursework assignments and a fixed 24-hour period for online tests. This way you combine the flexibility of distance learning with the self-discipline and community spirit of conventional tuition. Our students come from all over the world so you will have a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience of global networking.
With online study, you use the Internet for learning: to access course information, to communicate with others, and to transmit completed assignments for marking. We take advantage of online technologies to provide faster and more effective communication and to deliver much richer learning materials than is normally possible with other forms of distance learning.
This means that wherever you are in the world, providing you have access to a suitable PC and Internet connection, you can study for a University of Hertfordshire award without attending the University in person.
Method of Assessment
First and Second Year
The purpose of assessment is to ensure that effective learning has taken place of the content of each unit. Evidence of this learning, or the application of the learning, is required for each unit. The assessment of the evidence relates directly to the assessment criteria for each unit. The grading of BTEC Higher National qualifications is at the unit and the qualification level.
Each successfully completed unit will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher-level achievement.
Summary of grades
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Modules are assessed by combination of coursework (including essay, design, development of software artifact, technical report, academic report, live presentation, peer review, team work, video log, live demonstration, viva) and online tests. The dates of assignment submission and online tests are fixed.
The online tests are available for a fixed period of time, usually 24-hours, to ensure all students can find a convenient opportunity to complete them within that period. If you cannot meet the assignment deadlines or test dates, you must inform the Module Leader in advance of the deadlines to get appropriate advice.
- Have an A’Level standard of education; OR
- A relevant qualification at MQF/EQF Level 4; OR
- For students whose first language is not English, competence in English must be demonstrated through an overall IELTS score of 6.0, or equivalent qualification
Students should produce copies of certificates, full CV in EuroFormat and passport-size photo.
Fees & funding
Refund through Get Qualified Scheme: €9,100*
Net amount: €3,900*
*Terms and Conditions Apply