Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Applied Computing

Applied Computing

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Higher National Certificate in Applied Computing

The widespread use of computer networks, internet, programmable devices and diverse information systems, coupled with the fast-paced rate of change, brings a continuing requirement for professionals equipped with modern computing skills and qualifications.


SKU: 1006F7332
ID: 18717

Fees are per academic year, subject to change

Is this course right for me?

This Higher National Certificate (HNC) programme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the rapidly expanding computing and information systems industry within the UK.

The expertise and skills you develop over the programme of study are highly regarded by employers.

An up-to-date computer at home would be useful, but not essential.

This course normally runs one day per week, over 2 years, starting in September.

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The college is an associated body of the University of Wales and designated as a University of Wales Technical Institute (UWTI). It works in partnership with Pembrokeshire College, Coleg Sir Gâr, Coleg Ceredigion, Cardiff & Vale College and NPTC Group of Colleges to develop higher technical education and employer-led training and innovation. Working within a confederal structure, the network of Technical Institutes is informed by the needs of employers and aims to promote equality of opportunity and encourage participation in tertiary education.

Learners participating in courses provided by the college as a University of Wales Technical Institute receive an award validated by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

  • GCSEs at grade C or above to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • 32 UCAS Tariff points from A-level or vocational qualification
  • Direct admission for applicants who have been out of full-time education for more than two years will be considered based on previous learning or experience
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry may be subject to interview
  • 32 UCAS Tariff points from A-level or vocational qualification

Units to be studied to include:

Computer Architecture and Operating Systems 

Providing learners with a fundamental understanding of the key concepts behind typical computer architectures, hardware, networks and operating systems.

Data Analysis and Visualisation

Develop learners knowledge and skills required to perform basic statistical analysis of experimental data and introduce a wide variety of techniques used to display different types of data effectively. Learners will learn to design data presentations for both static and interactive displays.

Introduction to Web and Database Concepts

Providing learners with an understanding of the underlying concepts and principles needed to design and implement relational databases and build and render web pages.

Academic and Employability Skills

Develop learners skills for independent study and life-long learning, which will form the foundations for successful completion of their degree programme and support future employment opportunities.

Network and Cyber Security Essentials

Providing learners with an understanding of the key concepts and fundamentals of data communications, computer networks and security of data and devices in a network.

Software Development 

An introduction to software constructs and to development of software using a high-level programming language. Simple design concepts and good programming practice will be adopted.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Written examination

For careers in business and industry as trainee IT support staff, computer technicians, programmers, analysts or related careers.

Successful completion of the HNC will qualify students for entry to Higher National Degree (HND)/degree courses in related subjects.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Find out about funding available for Higher Education students on our student finance page.

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Last updated: 19/12/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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