HND in Computing

At the end of the programme with University College Jersey (UCJ) you will have the confidence and qualifications to pursue a career within the computing and digital sectors in Jersey. You will have acquired the increased knowledge, skills and experience needed to make a positive contribution to an organisation and developed the work-related attitudes and aptitudes necessary to be successful in these sectors.

Students will have the option to complete a third year to achieve a full honours degree, either through UCJ or at another relevant university.

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Why choose this course?

The course aims to widen access to higher education and enhance career prospects.

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the computing sector through:

  • Entering employment;
  • Continuing existing employment;
  • Gaining vendor certification (eg CopTIA, CISCO, Microsoft, Oracle);
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD); or
  • Progressing to university.

Well trained and well paid technology technicians at level 4 or 5 are in high demand right across Jersey and the course will give you the qualifications you need to succeed at this level.

A qualification that will also fast-track you to an Honours degree at a range of UK universities.

What will I learn?

You will become equipped with computing skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global computing environment.

You will acquire a thorough grounding in computing principles at Level 4 that leads you to a range of specialist progression pathways at Level 5.

Course Fees

The fee for this course is £8,090 per year (subject to review).

You may be eligible for financial support towards your course costs, please search for “student finance” at for more information.

Year 1 (HNC)
Eight units covering

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Software Development Lifecycles
  • Website Design & Development

Year 2 (HND)
There are two pathways in the HND year:

  • Computing and Games Development

Two Core Mandatory units covering:

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence

Five units from the following:

  • Network Management
  • Information Security Management
  • Cloud Computing • Artificial Intelligence
  • App Development • Games Development
  • Games Engine Scripting
  • Game Design Theory

New for 2020-2022, we will be offering a Games Development pathway in the second year of the HND course.

Entry requirements
  • UCAS Minimum of 64 UCAS points
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma MPP
  • A level Minimum DDE GCSE 5 GCSEs A-C (grade 4 or above including English & Maths)
  • Jersey Progression Diploma in IT Min. 2 x Merit Grades with GCSE English & Maths at grade C or 4 or higher
Where can I go from here?

Students enter roles in IT strategy and support in business across a range of sectors, from financial services to consulting. Students can progress to a top-up year see page 38 for a full BSc (Hons) degree.

Highlands College 6th Form Progression Routes

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Minimum MPP).

Success Stories

By 25, I’d completed the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT and loved every minute of it, so when I was told about the programme at UCJ and that it was available here on-island, I was extremely interested. What really swayed it for me was the Work Placement element as it would be a great way to see exactly what was on offer and hopefully build a career from it. I’m very proud to have found my specialism and career all at the same time. I joined C5 Alliance in 2014 on a Work Placement and have never looked back. Currently, I am a Consultant in the Technical Solutions Team. I really can’t thank the UCJ staff and my employer enough for their patience and guidance which helped me forge the path to where I am today!

Richie Shuster, IT for Business Graduate Consultant for C5 Alliance, Jersey

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