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What makes Computing HND at Worcester special?

This practical, future-oriented course explores exciting aspects of creative multimedia and cross-platform mobile applications alongside core computing topics.

You will be taught in a highly supportive and welcoming environment by experienced academics and practitioners specialising in database management, information systems, networks, programming and web development. You will have lots of opportunity to engage with employers, showcase your work, develop practical skills, enhance your job prospects and start to build a professional network. You will also have access to our dedicated Media Lab where you can develop solutions for local business clients. Additional Tutor support is available for all HND students.

Key features

  • Opportunities to gain industry-relevant practical, creative and technical skills in a supportive environment, with the support of experienced practitioners from academia and industry.
  • On completion of your HND you will have the opportunity to progress to the final year of BSc (Hons) Computing at the University of Worcester, including the option to take a one-year paid work placement.
  • The course has been designed in consultation with employers, aligned with industry standards (ACM, BCS, IEEE), and taught by experienced computing professionals.
  • 24/7 access to excellent IT facilities, including dedicated PC and mac labs featuring industry-standard software.
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

64

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

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

If you do not meet the above requirements you may still qualify for entry onto our Computing HNC. Please contact us if you are interested in this course.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Computing Systems for the Professional (double module)
Creative Computing (double module)
Programming and Scripting (double module)
Web and E-business (double module)

Year 2

Systems Analysis & Design (double module)
Database Development and Scripting (double module)
Mobile Applications Development (double module)
Applied Computing Project (double module)

Nick’s placement-to-job story

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to

Develop and sharpen key employability skills such as:

  • Problem-Solving skills that enable you to identify and overcome core challenges and recognise common patterns through abstraction
  • Practical Skills which allow you to design and develop software systems which address real-world problems
  • Appreciation for lifelong learning and the need to keep your skill set relevant
  • Awareness of and ability to address key challenges such as security, performance and user experience
  • Ability to innovate though the use of novel approaches and new technologies
  • Fluency in your ability to communicate, collaborate and share your ideas

All of these skills are achieved through a rigorous curriculum designed and taught by experts working closely with industry partners. Modules make use of the latest technology and advancements and are taught by highly experienced academics with backgrounds in applied industry and research.

Teaching Approach

Worcester is a place where you will be able to reach your full potential as a self-directed learner supported by staff renowned for their friendly, approachable and accessible nature. You will progressively develop your expertise, skills and knowledge through a practice of enquiry based learning, leading to a portfolio of work that will demonstrate your technical and creative achievements addressing relevant and contemporary challenges in the Computing discipline.

The course offers a variety of module options and assessment patterns which will enable you to tailor your learning to fit your career aspirations and personal interests. With strong industry links we also provide ample opportunities for you to engage in work-based learning through real-world projects and placements.

The learning environment is supported by the up to date facilities including four on-site computing labs and a high quality wireless network.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

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

Computing Showcase Highlights

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

24/7 access to computers is provided at the University and software is made available at either no additional cost or minimal cost, e.g. Microsoft Office is £13.  Students may also want to purchase a new PC/laptop or upgrade existing equipment for their own usage.

A placement year is optional and available to students registering to progress to the BSc (Hons) Computing top-up course. If you decide to take up the optional placement year accommodation and travel costs may be incurred dependent on location of placement. As placements are paid by the employer at minimum wage plus these costs can be covered by the student’s wage. During this year you will pay 10% of normal academic fees to the University. You are provided with a placement tutor, and have access to the advice of the full placement team, as well as all University student support and services.

There are also optional trips which may require you to incur travel costs.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Employer's view

Steve Borwell-Fox, of Borwell Secure Software Experts, talking about the Computing Showcase.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Admissions Tutor

Viv Bell
01905 54 2072
v.bell@worc.ac.uk

Course Leader

Dr Joy Garfield
01905 54 2368
j.garfield@worc.ac.uk