Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 5
Start Date:
2 years

Course Sheets

Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

An A level in Computing or related subject, or Level 3 vocational equivalent (diploma/extended diploma), or equivalent industry experience in a relevant field English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5 Applicants may also be invited to a formal interview at the college, to which they should bring a portfolio/e-portfolio of recent work Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement which may include work experience (paid and/or unpaid), technical competencies and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector. Students will be required to bring their own laptop for their studies. Any software that is required will be available to students and other specialist software will be provided on specialised computers at the college.
Who the course is for

On this HND Computing course, you’ll prepare yourself for further study or employment in the computing industry. You’ll learn about topics such as programming, networking, business intelligence and IT security and get to apply what you learn on a work placement and on community projects. 

When you complete the course, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and experience to start a career in the computing industry. You could also top up your HND to a BSc directly at the University of Portsmouth. 

For more information on the HND Computing,?visit the course page on the University of Portsmouth’s website

The course will be delivered right here at The Isle of Wight College. 

What the interview will involve

Your application will be processed by the University of Portsmouth and forwarded to the course leader at the Isle of Wight College.  

If a further interview is required with the course leader, you will be contacted to arrange this with specific arrangements. 

What you will learn

Over the two years you will study a total of 15 modules which include your final project in the second year: 

Year 1 

  • Programming 
  • Networking 
  • Professional Practice 
  • Database Design and Development 
  • Security 
  • Managing a Successful Project 
  • Computer Systems Architecture 
  • Website Design and Development 

Year 2 

  • Computing Research Project 
  • Business Intelligence 
  • Operating Systems 
  • Advanced Programming 
  • Database Management Systems 
  • User Experience & Interface Design 
  • Digital Technologies as a Catalyst for Change 

The course content is subject to change to reflect the needs of employers and students 

How you will learn

Attendance will normally be for 2 to 3 days a week with a requirement for reading and additional studies above the contact hours timetabled.  Learning will be through lectures, group discussions and workshop activities in supportive small group environments with experienced teaching staff, alongside self-study.   

The course will employ a variety of assessment opportunities to include coursework and presentations, with involvement in both individual and group projects.  This will give students the opportunity to enhance and practice their skills in informal settings while competencies gained are designed to be fully transferable to the workplace.  Assessment will be throughout the course with exams as additional assessment on some modules. 

Work placement
No Industry placement

Higher National Diplomas are valued by employers and can lead to a variety of career opportunities in areas such as management, sales, marketing and finance or, progression to further study to a BSc (Hons) through direct entry to a level 6 study opportunity at University of Portsmouth or other Universities (part-time study options may be available) with an appropriate grade profile.

The HND in Computing could lead students to progress into employment and work in roles such as: 

  • Business continuity analyst 
  • Software engineer 
  • Web developer 
  • Systems analyst 
  • Computer programmer 
  • Online course developer 

Fees for 2022 are £6,165 per annum and may incur a small inflationary rise for 2023.  For information regarding assistance with fees and accessing loans; please refer to the government student finance site.  

Advice is also available via The University of Portsmouth Student Finance Centre. 

Qualifications you will get
Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing
Additional information


This course is delivered under a franchise arrangement with the University of Portsmouth.  This is a full time Higher Education (HE) course and applications can therefore be made either through the University of Portsmouth *online form* or via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).   

*Online form where you will first need to register as an applicant: 

UCAS details for the HND Computing course at The Isle of Wight College: 

  • Institution code name: PORT 
  • Institution code P80 
  • Course code: G402 
  • Start date: September 2022 
  • Campus code: W 

Once complete, your application will be forwarded to University of Portsmouth and subsequently the Isle of Wight College.

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