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.
- 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.
What qualifications will you need?
UCAS tariff points
64 UCAS Tariff Points and Grade C/4 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
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What will you study?
Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and Learning
The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
All Worcester Business School courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of curriculum recommendations and aims developed by three professional bodies (BCS, (British Computing Society) IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and ACM
(Association of Computing Machinery).
You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and individual/ small group project work with a strong emphasis on real-world scenarios and practical applications. Most of the computing seminars take place in state-of-the-art PC labs using a variety of software specific to each module. The course integrates theory and practice in several areas of computing in order to obtain an appreciation of a range of applications and their impact on users. This course is designed for students seeking a vocationally-oriented higher education qualification available after two years of full time study (four years part time), with the opportunity to top-up to an honours degree after a further one year full time (two years part time).
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors will take place several times a semester during your time at university.
You have an opportunity to undertake a year-long placement with local or national firms in the third year of the course, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.
You can also choose to study abroad in semester 2 of year 2 at one of our exchange partner universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Europe.
In a typical week you will have at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. In addition to this, you will spend your time sharing your ideas with your fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities, engaging with external employers and on independent self-study.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 23 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve meeting with individual tutors to discuss progress and feedback, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources as well as our network of employers and entrepreneurs.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.
Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and you can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken by you, but we recognise that you like to know in advance how you will be assessed. With this in mind our assessment and feedback strategy has been designed so that:
- all modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and you as students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the overall module grade by evaluating your learning in a module or a component of a module and comparing it with a standard or benchmark;
- typically 15 credit/ one semester modules will have one assessment item; 30 credit/ two semester modules will have 2-3 assessments;
- across each individual year and cumulatively across all three years the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. This means a variety of assessments (such as reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a final year research or consultancy project) will be encountered by you to suit different learning styles;
- there may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. applied artefacts are more common in web and programming modules because of the specific nature of the content, while security modules may involve a combination of reports and presentations;
- supervisors for your computing project in your final year will provide individual assistance and help in choosing a specific applied project that fits your career and academic interests;
- we develop your employability skills by means of, for example, report writing, presentations, and the development of self-awareness and critical reflection in the tasks set.
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.
Feedback is intended to support learning by indicating how you can improve in future assignments and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors to help support your development. We always place you the student at the centre of the learning experience: for example, your written feedback will provide evidence of how you are enhancing your essential academic and employability skills.
Feedback on formal course work assessments is normally provided within 20 working days of hand-in.
Where could it take you?
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
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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 the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 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 the academic year 2019/20 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.
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.
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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).
For full details visit our accommodation page.
Steve Borwell-Fox, of Borwell Secure Software Experts, talking about how he uses the Student Showcase event for talent spotting and even made a job offer to a student as a result.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
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