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HND in Digital Technologies

If you're looking to pursue a career in digital technology, our 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 HND in Digital Technologies 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.

After completing this course, students can continue their studies to degree level or pursue careers such as:

- Business analyst
- Digital Technologist
- IT Support technician
- Data analyst
- Software developer
- Network technician
- Software tester
- Risk analyst
- Data analytics consultant

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

Intakes
September, January, June

Duration
2 years

Awarding Institution
Pearson Education

Awarded Qualification
HND in Digital Technologies

Delivery
Weekdays

Locations
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds

Fees
£6,000 per year

Year 1

 

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 2

 

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

Additional Units:
 - Business Information Technology Systems (15 credits)
 - Digital Marketing (15 credits)
 - Customer Value Management (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

 

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 2

 

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

Additional Units:
 - Business Information Technology Systems (15 credits)
 - Digital Marketing (15 credits)
 - Customer Value Management (15 credits)
 - Work Based Learning in the Digital Economy (15 credits)
 - Digital Sustainability (15 credits)

Enrolling for June 2023

FAQs for HND in Digital Technologies

Our GBS HND in Digital Technologies is designed to enrich the journey toward your dream career in tech — with a stimulating curriculum and a learning environment that prepares you for future success. If you are looking for the right pathway for continuing your higher education, a place to hone your existing professional skillset or recently gained an interest in pursuing a tech career — this is the course for you.

Over two years, GBS HND in Digital Technologies course will provide you with a broad and gradual understanding of the digital computing sector. The first year enables you to be clear on the fundamentals within the sector. The second year pushes you further with more complex topics and challenging assignments, enabling you to advance your technical abilities. The intensive learning environment, course structure and teaching approach deliver a complete learning experience — preparing you for future success in the digital computing sector.

The personal development and new skills you acquire in this HND in Digital Technologies course will shape you into a valued addition to any workspace in your future career. You will be able to consider a career path including Cyber Security, Software Development, Data Analysis, Risk Analysis, Programming and Engineering for systems or networks.

Our GBS HND in Digital Technologies course is available across four campuses in Birmingham, London, Leeds and Manchester. All four destinations provide a great selection of on-site resources and student support to excel in the classroom, with the opportunity to see and do plenty during your leisure time.

At GBS we want to ensure that all our courses are as accessible as possible for as many people as possible. We know that finding a course that can fit in with your life is essential for getting the most from your studies. Therefore, our HND in Digital Technologies course is available on weekdays, evenings and weekends — providing the space you need to keep your lifestyle balanced inside and out of the classroom.

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 the 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 of 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 the University level, and, who can evidence academic, professional or vocational experience in a related field.

Process
- Application
- Supporting Documents
- Panel Interview
- Final Decision

Your studies on our HND in Digital Technologies will provide you with the platform needed to excel in a future digital technology career. You will study a combination of core and additional units during this two-year course, giving you a complete perspective of the industry. Year 1 exposes you to a foundational understanding of digital technology. Your second year builds further into specific topics impacting the industry today including Emerging Technologies, Business Information Technology Systems and Work Based Learning in the Digital Economy. The learning environment is also a key component in your development — helping you develop essential transferable skills in communication, teamwork, research and analysis.

There are no formal examinations required for the HND in Digital Technologies course. Assessments are undertaken in various ways including:

-Presentation
-Writing an assignment
-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 in this course and lecturers will give you guidance on how best to approach this throughout the study period.

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What our students say

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

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.

Raimon Larrainzer Make
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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

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.

Raimon Larrainzer Make

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