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HNC/D Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) inComputing (Network Engineering Pathway)

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This course is a full-time HNC programme studied over one year with the option to progress to the HND the following year. The HTQ will enable you to develop a range of specialist skills to meet the demands of employers in this fast-growing sector. You will gain the skills and experience necessary to progress into a career in the computing industry, which could lead to exciting jobs such as Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, and Network Engineer.

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Key Facts

Start Dates:

  • September 2024


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Mode of Attendance:

  • Full Time

Course Duration:

2 Years

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You will learn through a variety of teaching methods which aim to meet individual learning needs and different learning styles. Over the year, you will study the following units:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Planning a Computing Project
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Maths for Computing

Upon completion of the HND, you can seek a top-up degree at University and complete the final stages of a full degree in computing.


64 UCAS points plus maths and English GCSE 4+.


A Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) in Computing, specifically as a Network Engineer, can lead to many job opportunities in the tech industry. Successful completion of this programme could lead to further study or roles as a Network Administrator, Network Security Engineer, Network Architect, Network Operations Centre Technician or IT Support Specialist, with salaries in the UK ranging from £25,000 to £70,000 depending on experience.

Course Costs

Programme Costs (Per Year):

  • Full Time (FT):

  • UK / EU Residents: £7,750
  • Non EU: £12,500

The fees and information stated on this page are for the 2024/25 academic year and may change for the 2025/26 academic year. We will update fee and course information for 2025/26 as soon as it is available.

You may have to pay additional costs during your studies. A summary of the costs that you may be expected to pay, and what is included, while studying a course within the Engineering department are listed below:

  • DBS checks, where required, are included in the fees.
  • The cost of all assessments at first attempt are included in your course fees, but if you do not pass at first attempt you will be responsible for resit fees, at a cost of £40 per module.
  • The Engineering department run an annual field trip abroad and whilst this is not a compulsory part of the programme, it is educationally relevant. Students are asked to make a contribution towards the costs of this trip, normally around £200-250. Students will also be asked to make an additional contribution towards food, which varies depending on the duration of the trip.
  • The department runs a number of day trips and additional workshops/ qualifications, which students do not pay for. A refundable deposit may be asked for which is normally around £20. The deposit is refunded upon attendance/ successful completion of the course. There may be some food and drink costs and you should budget for day trips, which will vary depending on duration and venue.
  • All work is electronically submitted. You may need to provide a printed copy of your final dissertation and poster. The estimated cost for this is around £20-£25 per student in the final year.

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Find out more about the course costs and Financial Support available, or contact our Undergraduate Admission Team for more information.


Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

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