HND Computing

Start Date
Course Course
IT & Computing
City Campus

About this Course

This HND course has been developed in conjunction with employers in the Sheffield City Region and addresses the key skills required for a successful career in the computing industries. The course is equivalent to the second year of a degree and top-up options are available for the full BSc (Hons) qualification. The course covers a range of advanced level skills in high demand both locally and internationally.

Key Units

Please note that the units listed below may be subject to change.

Computing Research Project (30 Credits)

Students will choose their own project based on a theme provided by the awarding body, Pearson. The project enables students to engage in problem-solving and research activities which are part of the function of a manager. They will develop skills such as communication literacy, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, reasoning and interpretation which are crucial for gaining employment and developing academic competence.


Business Intelligence (15 Credits)

Data and information is core to any organisation and business process. The necessity of having meaningful information is the key driver for effective decision making and problem-solving. Learners will examine and use tools and methods associated with data mining, data integration, data quality and data warehousing in conjunction with other information management systems and applications.


Network Security (15 Credits)

It is estimated that Network Security (NS) breaches occur every second worldwide from small home networks to massive corporate networks. The cost to businesses is in billions, if not trillions. On successful completion of this unit students will be able to discuss with confidence several types of Network Security measures as well as associated protocols, cryptographic types and configuration settings of Network Security environments. Finally, students will be able to test the security of a given network to identify and fix vulnerabilities.


Forensics (15 Credits)

This unit introduces students to digital forensics involving the use of specialised techniques to investigate the recovery, authentication and analysis of data on electronic data storage devices as well as Network Security breaches and cyberattacks using different tools and techniques. On successful completion of this unit students will be able to carry out digital forensics in accordance with industry and legal guidelines and procedures using different tools as well as understand low-level file structures of several Operating Systems and undertake digital Forensic Investigation of devices.


Artificial Intelligence (15 Credits)

This unit is designed to introduce the philosophy behind artificial intelligence, the most efficient techniques of AI and various intelligent systems that help us to overcome various challenges. This unit guides the student to investigate the emerging AI technologies which could solve various real-world challenges and problems. Students will also build their own top-down and bottom-up artificial intelligence systems.


Games Development (15 Credits)

In the field of computing, games development is a multidisciplinary art form that creates worlds that blend player psychology, problem-solving and artificial intelligence with knowledge about dedicated hardware and software platforms. This unit enables students to work in a simulated games development studio with access to a small team of colleagues developing synthesised design documentation before creating their own functional game.


Virtual and Augmented Reality Development (15 Credits)

The objective of Virtual and Augmented Reality development is to design virtual environments or real world augmentations for numerous beneficial, experimental, educational or entertainment purposes. VR and AR explores the potential to work, interact, play, collaborate and communicate in expansive simulated environments. In this unit students will design, build and simulate a VR or AR software application using any combination of hardware, software, data, platforms and services

Entry Requirements

Maths and English at GCSE level are preferred but not essential, however progression onto a top-up degree course at university will require GCSE Maths and English.


Assessment is via a series of group and individual projects.

Where does this Lead

The HND is a Level 5 course equivalent to the second year of a degree. Many universities offer one year top-up courses for the full BSc (Hons) or may accept students with a HND onto the final year of a computing degree.

Future Opportunities

A HND in Computing can directly or contribute to with further study careers in:

  • Software Engineering
  • Network Engineering
  • Cyber-Security Engineering
  • Games Development (programming)
  • Web Development
  • Data Analytics

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How to Apply
Please note that applications for this course should be made via UCAS.

Course Application Code: 5R2Q
College Institution Code: S22

Further Information
Additional information about higher education at The Sheffield College can be found here.

If you have any further queries, please email; leaving your name, contact details and the title of the course you are interested in, together with a brief summary of your query. Alternatively, you can call the college on 0114 260 2600.

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Terms and Conditions
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Extra Costs

Some optional course enrichment opportunities (e.g. external trips and visits) may include a small cost to cover transport and admission. 

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