This is a full-time, two year course resulting in the award of a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computer Science by the University of Lincoln. The qualification is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to enhance their career potential in the computing profession. The course is aimed mainly, but not exclusively, at those who have some computing experience.
This course aims to provide students with an education and learning experience that will instil knowledge, develop critical and intellectual abilities applicable to problem solving and solution specifying in technologically and socially diverse environments.
The programme also aims to develop professional and transferable skills in a wide range of methods, techniques and practices appropriate for the task domain of a professional software developer.
UCAS Course Code: I100
The HND Computer Science is made up of modules, each carrying credits (15 or 30) towards the final qualification:
Year 1 (Level Four) modules
Problem Solving 15 Credits
Operating Systems 15 Credits
Maths for Computing 15 Credits
Computer Architectures 15 Credits
Algorithms and Complexity 15 Credits
Object-Oriented Programming 30 Credits
Programming Fundamentals 15 Credits
Year 2 (Level Five) modules
Artificial Intelligence 15 Credits
Team Software Engineering 30 Credits
Advanced Programming 15 Credits
Scalable Database Systems 15 Credits
User Experience Design 15 Credits
Network Fundamentals 15 Credits
Internet of Things 15 Credits
Applicants are required to have achieved grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English and a level 3 qualification from:
GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level
BTEC National Qualifications (Diploma or Extended Diploma) or similar in a relevant subject
Access to HE
Some applicants come through the experiential route (relevant work or practical experience). If you think this applies to you, please contact the Programme Leader as we may be able to accredit other learning experience you have.
Students may progress from the HND, with a good profile, directly into Year 3 of the BSc (Hons) Computer Science at the University of Lincoln. A HND qualification would also provide progression into other relevant honours degrees with the point of entry depending upon the University applied to.
Alternatively, on successful completion of a HND, students often seek employment to pursue careers across a wide range of industries seeking IT professions in roles such as programming, systems analysis, systems management and database development.
A variety of assessment methods are used, made up of a combination of coursework, in-class tests and some examinations
Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment).
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay.
Books (you will have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
Printing and photocopying.
If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.