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Computing HNC

Key features of this course:

• A practical skills-based course designed for students looking for a vocationally-oriented part-time study programme as a career entry route, or to complement existing employment.
• Taught in a highly supportive and welcoming environment by experienced academics and practitioners specialising in database, information systems, networks, programming and web development.
• Opportunity to continue onto the Computing HND course (also available part-time) or, with appropriate work experience, progress to further professional qualifications.
• Lots of opportunity to engage with and showcase your work to employers, take up internships, enhance your job prospects and start to build a professional network.
• Development of the core computing skills in programming, scripting, networking, systems analysis and web and e-business development required of computing professionals today.
• Access to our Media Lab, our student led-software house, where you can undertake work for local business clients
Entrepreneurial Projects to impress employers or inspire you to set up your own business.
Ranked 4th for ‘value added’ for Computing in the Guardian University Guide 2015.
• Ideal career preparation/enhancement as a computing professional.
• Aligned with industry standards as set out by the Association of Computing Machinery, the British Computing Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Entry requirements

64 UCAS Tariff Points and Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics

Meet the team

Get to know our expert staff and meet some of the team who you'll be learning with at the University of Worcester

Viv Bell, Course Leader

Study options

The Computing HNC is only available for part-time study.

Get in touch

John Gardener
Recruitment Tutor
01905 855357

Viv Bell
Course Leader
01905 542072

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Computer Systems for the Professional (double module) (A double module is 30 credits)
Programming and Scripting (double module) (A double module is 30 credits)

Creative Computing

Year 2

Core modules:

Systems Analysis & Design (double module) (A double module is 30 credits)

Mobile Applications Development

Applied Computing Project


We recognise that optimising your future employment and earning potential are a key factor in selecting your degree. All of our courses: 

• offer the option of a paid placement year which significantly increases your chance of getting a job when you graduate, possibly even with your placement company (except Information Technology for Education BSc (Hons)). We also advertise short-term vacancies on our VLE

• target selected Employability Standards in every module. These are designed by Worcester Business School in consultation with employers – so you will always be able to see the employability relevance of what you are studying

• include automatic access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool to create a live and evidence-based CV

• are accredited by, recognised by or mapped to professional qualifications and/or associations as appropriate

• provide access to our broad network of business managers and employers (including our own Business School Advisory Board) who work closely with us to design courses, offer scholarships and prizes, host student visits, support student competitions, provide work-related projects and contribute to teaching activities

• offer employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation, mock interviews/assessment centres and meetings with employers

• are written and taught by business professionals and practitioners who are fully aware of what today’s employers are looking for

• include work-based learning modules where you can learn via a live work-based project

• adopt a real-world, applied approach to learning, teaching and assessment so that what you learn is relevant and useful to your future employer(s)

• offer access to a host of CV-enhancing co-curriculum activities such as our start-up café, international study weeks, case study/business plan competitions, vacation research projects, mentoring activities, etc

• promote ‘earn as you learn’ part-time work opportunities which will significantly boost your employability after graduation

Read some of our work placement student stories

How to apply


Applications for this course should be made directly to the University of Worcester: Tel: +44 (0) 1905 855111 or email:

How to apply
How will I Learn

You will learn how to

Explore the real–life application of learning via tutors with business practitioner experience, via work placement, and via contact with local, national and international businesses – in the past these have included Shell, Barclays Bank, BBC. There will be opportunities to take part in competitions, projects for clients, visits to businesses, international events in Europe, trips to places of relevance to your subject, live and computerised simulations, exhibitions, alongside the usual workshops, case studies, lectures and seminars. You will develop a host of skills, which you can evidence on your CV and talk about at job interviews.

Teaching approach

Worcester is a place where you will be supported to reach your full potential as a self-directed learner ready to make an immediate impact in the world of work. Tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible and virtual resources enable you to work flexibly to suit your own learning preferences and busy lifestyle. You will progressively build your knowledge and expertise across levels of study through modules which are delivered in different ways, perhaps through a traditional lecture/seminar as well as e-lectures, workshops and simulations. In a typical week, you will have up to 12 hours of scheduled contact time, which you will supplement by tutorial meetings to suit you and around 20 hours of guided independent study. Assessment will be via a variety of assessment types and sometimes you will even be able to choose an assessment style to suit you.

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