1. Awarding Body 2. Teaching location 3. Accreditation details 4. Final award 5. Name of award 6. Codes a. UCAS code b. Solihull Qualification Code c. Edexcel Programme Code (& approval dates) 7. QAA Subject Benchmark or other external reference 8. Date this specification applies from
Edexcel BTEC Blossomfield Campus, Solihull College N/A Higher National Diploma Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development (QCF)
004G QBS5EZ01/BCF1 – linked to BSLZ05/BFY01
Patrick Geary Head of School Computing & IT
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Educational Aims of the Programme
The HND Computing is designed to meet the following aims: Equip individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in networking or systems support. Enable progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in computing or a related area. Provide opportunities for specialist study relevant to individual vocations and contexts. Support individuals employed or entering employment in the computing industry. Develop the individual’s ability in the computing industry through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme. Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enabling learners to make an immediate contribution to employment. Provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development in computing.
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Intended Learning Outcomes
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas: Subject knowledge and critical understanding includes: A sound basic knowledge and understanding that includes: A1. A2. A3. A4. A5. Computer systems and network architecture and how they support software applications; Theory and practice of programming; Techniques available for evaluating, designing, and specifying information systems; Tools and techniques for the design and development of applications; Awareness of the impact of the new technologies and of professional considerations that inform the exploitation of computer technology.
Higher level academic / intellectual skills includes The practical and professional skills to: B1. Install and support computer systems on a stand-alone and network basis; B2. Deploy appropriate tools, techniques and methods for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of computer-based systems’ B3. Design and develop software solutions using appropriate programme languages and techniques; B4. Ability to work effectively as a member of a development team; B5. Use ICT equipment competently and safely. Higher practical and professional skills includes: The ability to; C1. Understand and apply principles and concepts C2. Present reasoned arguments and apply judgement; C3. Analyse and evaluate practical problems and provide logical solutions. Higher Level transferable skills development includes: The ability to: D1. Communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing D2. Apply numeracy D3. Apply technology D4. Manage tasks and solve problems D5. Apply design and creativity.
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