Computing Science HNC 2019/20 entry

Course code:

I104 - HNC

Study options:

1 year - HNC

 

Location:

CU Scarborough

Starting:

September 2019
November 2019
January 2020
March 2020
April 2020
June 2020

Fees:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

01723 336700


cus@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Computing science is the study of the theory, experimentation, and engineering used in the design and use of computers. The rise in digital technology has increased the demand for highly skilled professionals with a thorough understanding of key computing technologies, combined with the practical skills to solve software issues.

Our Computing Science HNC is designed to introduce you to work in this exciting and constantly changing field. Throughout the programme, we teach the academic, professional and personal skills required to develop within this evolving industry.

Why CU Scarborough

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

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Course information

This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore Computing Science from both an academic and a practical perspective. You will draw upon and develop a detailed knowledge of subject-related theory, technology, development methods and a range of professional and intellectual skills.

 

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The HNC introduces you to the core fundamentals that underpin computing science. You will explore the importance of IT security, and the risks posed to computer systems globally. In addition, you will develop your professional problem-solving skills, as you understand the basic principles of programming. Most of the modules in this year contain a practical element, so that you receive the best combination of theoretical and hands-on learning. Students who successfully complete this year will receive a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing Science, and will be eligible for progression on to the BSc (Hons) Cyber Security course.

Modules

  • Networking

    This introductory module aims to provide knowledge of key networking and computer architectures. Focusing on the origins, structure and fundamental components of a computer network, you will gain foundational knowledge of relevant technologies including wireless, wired and optical computer networking. This includes access controllers, hubs, transceivers and more.

  • Operating Systems

    In this module you will learn basic operating system concepts including processes, memory management, drivers and file systems, while examining security risks and security management strategies. You will also examine favoured operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux.

  • Information Security

    This module will cover the issues of IT security and risk. You will critically analyse risks a computer may face, from viruses to computer hacking. Exploring the pros and cons of ethical hackers, website hacking and internet security, you’ll gain specialist knowledge of legal, social, ethical and professional issues associated with cyber security.

  • Problem Solving and Programming

    Basic problem solving and algorithm design techniques will be studied in this module, alongside programming and programming language concepts.  You will learn the syntax and semantics of a high-level programming language (e.g. Python) and the basic principles of developing well engineered software and the supporting tools and techniques.

15th

Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2020. CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Scarborough, Coventry and London.
  • Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.

Your main study themes are:

  •  Independent and Autonomous Working: you will gain the ability to critically appraise an computing scenario, with a view to apply modern methods efficiently neutralise a threat.
  • Industry Adaptation: factors that influence the technological industry, policies and processes which includes technology development, legislation and environmental factors.
  • Project Management: you will be effective and efficient in project management, time management and organisation. You will be introduced to a number of applications and processes to facilitate the successful development of management skills.
  • Research Methods: critical analysis, reflection, information searching and experimental design in security, data collection, analysis and design.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Full-time students receive 18 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon - 1:30pm-5:30pm

We hold tutorials in small groups every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Class sizes are kept low. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

Entry Requirements

Computing Science Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

Successful completion of a relevant Foundation Year course will guarantee you progression onto this course.

Access to HE Course

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. 

Computing Science Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

Successful completion of a relevant Foundation Year course will guarantee you progression onto this course.

Access to HE Course

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. 

Computer Science Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

CU Scarborough welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a Foundation Year, HNC, HND or Degree course you can do so by completing our online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or IELTS 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3)
  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Scarborough. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Scarborough. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Scarborough.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Scarborough their firm choice.

CU Scarborough has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon completion, automatically qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£6,350 (per year)


November 2019

£6,350 (per year)


January 2020

£6,350 (per year)


March 2020

£6,350 (per year)


April 2020

£6,350 (per year)


June 2020

£6,350 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£6,350 (per year)


November 2019

£6,350 (per year)


January 2020

£6,350 (per year)


March 2020

£6,350 (per year)


April 2020

£6,350 (per year)


June 2020

£6,350 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


November 2019

£9,250 (per year)


January 2020

£9,250 (per year)


March 2020

£9,250 (per year)


April 2020

£9,250 (per year)


June 2020

£9,250 (per year)


Fees & Funding

Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2019/20, each six-week block will comprise one 30-credit module. For student funding purposes, a full-time course is made up of 120 credits’ study in a single academic year i.e. 4 modules/blocks. This makes up one stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree).

Each block will cost £1,587.50 making the total tuition fee for full-time study £6,350 per year. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library and Learning Services, all your classes and online materials.

Funding

Full-time and part-time students resident in the UK or EU can apply to the Student Loans Company for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Scarborough.

International

For the academic year 2019/20, each six-week block (30 credits) will cost £2,312.50 making each stage of the course £9,250. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library and Learning Services, all your classes and online materials.

Career prospects

Globally recognised, the technology industry boasts a number of compelling benefits. In addition to impressive graduate prospects and elevated salaries, computer science graduates have numerous opportunities in a diverse range of fields.

Students who successfully complete the Computing Science HNC will be eligible for progression on to the Cyber Security BSc (Hons).

This varied industry means you can expand into a number of specialist areas. Possible career paths include Mobile and Software Application Development, Video Game Design, Database Administration, Web Development, Network and Computer Systems Administration and IT Security.

Disclaimer

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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