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Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Computing


January, April & September

24 months



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Pearson BTEC Level 5 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 prestigious universities both locally and globally. You can check out university partners on our university partnerships page that 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

For specific information about our entry requirements please contact our admissions department at admissions@ukcbc.ac.ae

Tuition Fees

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing

AED 36, 000/year (exclusive of VAT)


Additional Fees

Administration Fees

Amount (AED)

One-time Application fee


Administration fee


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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