Level 5

Computing & Systems Development (HND)

Duration Age Group Study Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS ADULT FULL TIME £7000 * Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS ADULT FULL TIME £7000 * Southend Campus


Whilst this course is not due to start until September 2022 you can study the first year of this HND by applying for the Computing HNC. Link

This higher education course is to enhance your career and employability in the areas of Computer Science and IT by developing a critical awareness and appreciation of current IT issues. 

Learners who have achieved a Level 3 in Computing can progress to this HND and then on to university if desired. It provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required for success in careers in computing and systems development.

This award is validated by Pearson Edexcel

Focusing on information systems, visual programming, systems analysis, database design, data structures, relational databases, networks and programming for the internet. Teamwork, communication and project management skills, which are very important in the workplace, are developed throughout the course.

Entry Requirements

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in IT
  • A GCE level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C
  • Other related level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate received from an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience.


Chat with a student

You can start a conversation with one of our current students if you wish to learn more about our courses or studying at the University Centre South Essex in general.

Just follow this link: www.southessex.ac.uk/he/unibuddy

Course Structure

  • Business Skills for e-Commerce
  • Computer Systems
  • Employment & Professional Development
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Web Applications Development

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment of BTEC Higher Nationals is by assignment, typically one or two assignments per module. These assignments will vary and include a mix of formal reports, presentations and practical tasks, but there will be no formal exams. All modules will be individually graded as ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’. To achieve a full qualification you must pass all 16 modules to achieve the higher diploma.

Course Cost

Adult, full_time: £7000

Fees are per academic year for Home/UK students.

What Next...

A progression route for learners to a number of roles in the IT and computing sectors. ICT system support specialists can install or manage IT networks.

The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma will also enable learners to progress on to further study such as a degree or a Professional Development Qualification or vendor qualifications offered by Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, CompTIA, Oracle and VM Ware.