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Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing

HND in Computing

January, 2021 

24 months



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Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing offers a stepping stone for students and professionals pursuing a career in various fields of information technology. Awarded by Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, this vocational qualification is recognized by universities and employers all over the world.

Students, aged 18 and above, with an academic background or related work experience in Information Technology, can acquire a comprehensive computing qualification that equips them with relevant, foundational knowledge and core skills in computing and information systems.  The range of specialist modules and practical experience included in this programme familiarizes students with the working practices and develops the key skills necessary to succeed in a career in computing.

With continuous growth and developments in the IT industry, the demand for work-ready students and professionals is increasing constantly. This course offers students with the appropriate knowledge and the skills required to counter the challenges faced in a professional IT environment. With priority on enhancing technical capabilities and instilling industry-based skills, this course provides students with the necessary tools required to keep up with the rapid changes in the IT sector.

This programme offers a pathway to a rewarding career in the various fields of IT, such as systems analysis, software engineering, web development, system design & management and much more. Specifically designed to produce work-ready professionals, the HND provides a clear line of sight towards a higher education with transfers to over 200 universities worldwide or towards employment at an entry level in IT.

For programme registration details, contact our Course Advisors here


Why UKCBC Dubai?

  • Credibility
    We are the first UK Technical & Vocational Education and Training (TVET) provider in the UAE.
  • Pearson Qualifications
    Our BTEC & Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are awarded by Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, ensuring students gain global recognition for their achievements and serve as a pathway to more than 200 universities globally.
  • Affordable
    We offer attractive tuition fees and flexible installment plans.
  • Practical
    Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to real world events and situations when completing their assignments.
  • Partnerships
    We are partnered with two prestigious universities – University of Birmingham Dubai Campus & Bath Spa University, UK to allow student progression into their undergraduate programmes.
  • Student Support
    Vibrant student life and dedicated support services offered, including assistance with transportation, visa and accommodation.

Course Assessments

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing involves both internal and external assessments. Assessments in each module is structured to meet the specified learning outcomes.

The following are some of the main types of assessment:

  • Phase tests.
  • Laboratory exercises.
  • Practical IT demonstrations.
  • Independent research projects
  • Real-time software simulations.
  • Presentations with assessor questioning.

Career Progression

Upon completion of HND in Computing, you can top up to a Bachelors’ degree from over 200 universities worldwide in any of the computing majors mentioned below:

  • Information technology.
  • Information systems design.
  • Cyber security and networks.
  • Business Information systems
  • Software engineering.

Course structure

Qualification Credit Value: 240 credit value

Total Number of Units: 15 units

  • 8 mandatory units
  • 7 optional specialist units

Mandatory Units

Unit 1: Programming 15 Credits Level 4
Unit 2: Networking 15 Credits Level 4
Unit 3: Professional Practice 15 Credits Level 4
Unit 4: Database Design and Development 15 Credits Level 4
Unit 5: Security 15 Credits Level 4
Unit 6: Managing a Successful Computing Project 15 Credits Level 4
Unit 13: Computing Research Project 30 Credits Level 5
Unit 14: Business Intelligence 15 Credits Level 5

Specialist Units

Unit 8: Computer Systems Architecture 15 Credits Level 4
Unit 10: Website Design and Development 15 Credits Level 4
Unit 28: Prototyping 15 Credits Level 5
Unit 34: System Analysis and Design 15 Credits Level 5
Unit 37: Architecture 15 Credits Level 5
Unit 40: User Experience and Interface Design 15 Credits Level 5
Unit 43: Internet of Things 15 Credits Level 5

For more information on the course structure, you can connect with our Academic Advisor here

Entry Requirements

  • 60% overall grades with 55% in Math or Computing for CBSE, American, Filipino and Thanaweya Amma in Grade 12 exams.
  • A minimum of 3 C’s at AS levels including Math or ICT.
  • A minimum of 2 D’s at A levels including Math or ICT.
  • A minimum of 5 A’s in IGCSE’s including Math and ICT
  • IB Diploma 24 points, with 2 subjects at higher level which must include grade 3 in Math or Computer Science
  • BTEC Level 3Diploma in IT or a related field
  • Minimum 4 C4 grades including Math and ICT in WAEC curriculum
  • Relevant work experience
  • Additional English language proficiency may apply where medium of teaching is not English

For more information on the entry requirements, you can connect with our Admissions Officer here

Tuition Fees

Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing

AED 36, 000/year (inclusive of VAT)


Additional Fee

Administration Fee

Amount (AED)

One-time Application fee


Security deposit (refundable)


Transportation Fees

600-800 per month depending on location/emirate

Visa Fee


Medical Insurance


Visa deposit (refundable)



Scholarships and discounts available. For more details on the tuition fees, please contact the UKCBC Dubai team at admissions@ukcbc.ac.ae

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