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GBS HNC/HND in Digital Technologies

If you're looking to pursue a career in digital technology, our HNC/HND will help you develop a range of key skills essential for entry into this exciting and ever-evolving sector.  You'll also develop transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis which are highly valued in higher education and the workplace. 

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Course overview

The course is aimed at students who want to continue their education through applied learning. Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals provide an intensive study of the digital computing sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the field.

You have two study options - one leading to a general qualification in digital technology and the other specialising in cyber security and cloud computing.

Weekend and evening classes available, subject to minimum class size.

Intakes
September, January, June

Duration
2 years

Awarding Institution
Pearson Education

Awarded Qualification
GBS HNC/HND in Digital Technologies

Delivery
Weekdays, evenings, weekends

Locations
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds

Fees
£6,000 per year

Year 1 - HNC Digital Technologies (General)

 

Core Mandatory Units:
Professional Practice in the Digital Economy (15 credits)
Innovation and Digital Transformation (15 credits)

Additional Units:
Programming (15 credits)
Big Data and Visualisation (15 credits)
Security (15 credits)
Networking (15 credits)
Database Design & Development (15 credits)
Website Design & Development (15 credits)

Year 1 - HNC Digital Technologies (Cyber Security and Cloud Networking)

Core Mandatory Units:
Professional Practice in the Digital Economy (15 credits)
Innovation and Digital Transformation (15 credits)

Additional Units:
Cyber Security (15 credits)
Programming (15 credits)
Big Data and Visualisation (15 credits)
Networking in the Cloud (15 credits)
Security (15 credits)
Networking (15 credits)

Year 2 - HND Digital Technologies (General)

Core Mandatory Units:
Business Intelligence (15 credits)
Internet of Things (15 credits)
Emerging Technologies (15 credits)

Additional Units:
Advanced Programming (15 credits)
Network Management (15 credits)
Digital Marketing (15 credits)
Work Based Learning in the Digital Economy (15 credits)
Digital Sustainability (15 credits)

Year 2 - HND Digital Technologies (Cloud Networking)

Core Mandatory Units:
Business Intelligence (15 credits)
Internet of Things (15 credits)
Emerging Technologies (15 credits)

Additional Units:
Applied Security in the Cloud (15 credits)
Network Management (15 credits)
Digital Technology as a Catalyst for Change (15 credits)
Work Based Learning in the Digital Economy (15 credits)
Digital Sustainability (15 credits)

There are no formal examinations required for this course. Assessments are undertaken in various ways:

  • Presentations
  • Writing assignments
  • Analysing case studies
  • In-class tests
  • Work-based projects
  • Software development
  • Completing a portfolio of evidence
  • Writing reports

You will be required to work in your own time to complete research, homework tasks or group work.

Self-study is vital to your success on this course and lecturers will give you guidance on how best to approach this throughout the study period.

Education
Level 3 qualification or equivalent
An Access to Higher Education Certificate

English Proficiency
CEFR B2
Students who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied Level 3 in United Kingdom are expected to hold an accepted English language B2 (CEFR)

Interview
All applicants must pass an Academic Interview

Certification
The final certificate is issued by Pearson Education.

Work Experience
Exceptional entry route: 2 years relevant work experience

Applications From Students 21+
We welcome applications from students 21+ who do not match the standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate willingness and commitment to studying this subject at University level, and, who can evidence academic, professional or vocational experience in a related field.


Process

Application - Supporting Documents - Panel Interview - Final Decision

Funding your study
You can apply for help with your fees from the government by visiting gov.uk/studentfinance. This could take the form of a Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan or Maintenance Grant.

A Tuition Fee Loan will cover the cost of your up-front fees, and will be paid to your university or College. The Loan must be repaid once you finished your course and are earning £26,575 a year or more. Both full and part-time learners can apply.

If you are eligible, you can apply for a Maintenance Loan too. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. This loan has to be repaid after you leave your course and when your earnings are more than £26,575. For more information please visit gov.uk/studentfinance.

Maintenance Grants are paid into your bank account at the start of term. You don’t have to pay it back, but any funds you get will reduce the amount of Maintenance Loan you are eligible for.

New students must prove they have been living in the UK for five years before their course start date in order to get living cost support from Student Finance England.

Fees

For more information please click here for course fees or call us +44 (0)20 3011 2638

Year 1 - HNC Digital Technologies (General)

 

Core Mandatory Units:
Professional Practice in the Digital Economy (15 credits)
Innovation and Digital Transformation (15 credits)

Additional Units:
Programming (15 credits)
Big Data and Visualisation (15 credits)
Security (15 credits)
Networking (15 credits)
Database Design & Development (15 credits)
Website Design & Development (15 credits)

Year 1 - HNC Digital Technologies (Cyber Security and Cloud Networking)

Core Mandatory Units:
Professional Practice in the Digital Economy (15 credits)
Innovation and Digital Transformation (15 credits)

Additional Units:
Cyber Security (15 credits)
Programming (15 credits)
Big Data and Visualisation (15 credits)
Networking in the Cloud (15 credits)
Security (15 credits)
Networking (15 credits)

Year 2 - HND Digital Technologies (General)

Core Mandatory Units:
Business Intelligence (15 credits)
Internet of Things (15 credits)
Emerging Technologies (15 credits)

Additional Units:
Advanced Programming (15 credits)
Network Management (15 credits)
Digital Marketing (15 credits)
Work Based Learning in the Digital Economy (15 credits)
Digital Sustainability (15 credits)

Year 2 - HND Digital Technologies (Cloud Networking)

Core Mandatory Units:
Business Intelligence (15 credits)
Internet of Things (15 credits)
Emerging Technologies (15 credits)

Additional Units:
Applied Security in the Cloud (15 credits)
Network Management (15 credits)
Digital Technology as a Catalyst for Change (15 credits)
Work Based Learning in the Digital Economy (15 credits)
Digital Sustainability (15 credits)

Early admission for January 2022

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It’s my first year here. I chose this university because it gave me the opportunity to have choice. I study two days per week - it’s very flexible. It makes it easy to study.

Manea Bianca Stefana

What I like about GBS is the friendly staff, the students, the campus, the nice green area. I chose GBS because I was recommended by a friend – she said it was a really great university to come and check it out.  Even though there’s one right next to my house – like 20 minutes away, I still chose to come here.  GBS is the one.

Mohammed Solomon Ahmed

The campus is very new and comfortable. One of the best I saw. I like because I can work – I have a child and I can study and I can work and be with my family. This is very good for me. Because I have lived in this country only second year and English is a new language for me, when I study here I can teach my child at home new words.

Elena Todorova

My favourite part of studying here is because its close and the class sizes are small. I can have more interaction with the teacher and ask questions. I enjoy learning here - the teachers are friendly and they explain everything well.

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