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HTQ HND in Computing

Course Description

This exciting new qualification directly addresses the skills gaps and recruitment needs of our local employers, graduates of this programme will be highly valued and extremely employable.

Aligned with industry: The HTQ HND Computing provides wider technical training that includes the skills, knowledge and behaviours crucial to the digital economy so each of our our graduates will be perfectly equipped to join the digital workforce.

Computer Technology is now deeply embedded in business processes in the digital economy across Greater Manchester and beyond so there continues to be significant growth in opportunities for qualified professionals.

You’re in safe hands: Delivered by industry experts with extensive computing knowledge as well as industrial and commercial experience, our expert tutors are well placed to deliver the HTQ.

Industry standard facilities: We have a dedicated computer suite and networking lab for practicals, so our students and our employer partners can access and train using equipment that meets the very latest industry standards.

Professional accreditation: This qualification gives you eligibility for membership of the British Computing Society as an associate member on completion of the course.

High valued: The HTQ qualification is recognised by industry and offers parity with traditional academic qualifications usually obtained by learners completing a university degree making this a more direct route and more affordable way into a career in computing.

Shaped by close collaboration with local employers: The HTQ delivers precisely what employers need, it also gives them direct access to a new, local recruitment pipeline, enabling them to accessing those all important skills that are in such high demand.

Strong employer links/research opportunities: The Computing team at Hopwood have strong working relationships with our local employers which opens opportunities for exciting high-tech research. We have excellent links with Qatari Bank, RBH, Zen Internet, the NHS and many more.

This is Higher Education that enhances employability outcomes: the HTQ HND Computing is an excellent choice if you are looking to boost your career chances and employability. it provides you with a direct route into a new career in the digital sector.

stay local, go far!

PLEASE NOTE: You can apply for this course through UCAS using the code IT20.


BARRINGTON BROWN: Barrington has spent many years working in IT in the Telecommunications industry. During this tenure, he managed Data Communications installations for many of the leading household names in banks and financial institutions across the UK. To complement this, he secured a degree in Management of Telecommunication Systems.

Some time after, he embarked on a career change. He secured a PhD in Sciences working with Professor Margret Cox, OBE.

Barry immerses himself in leaner development and success. His commitment to leaner personal and academic development drives his teaching strategy. Learners of all ages and from all backgrounds thrive in the teaching environment that Barry creates.

Course fees: £6000 per year


Pearson Level 5 HND in Computing

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points which could include: 1 or more A Level in a relevant subject; BTEC Level 3 in a relevant subject; Access Programme in a relevant subject plus, GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above Mature students can apply with no formal qualifications but must have a minimum of three years relevant industry experience.


Keeping to a broad-based pathway with programming as our local specialism, agile framework is used along with the latest software and Integrated Development Environments. We mix theory and practical.

Course Content: The units offered cover a range of computer-related skills. The core units studied are:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence

In addition to the core units the course also includes five optional units. The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and E-learning. The method of assessment varies between modules and your lecturers will advise you of the method(s) to be used. This reflects the need to develop a range of different knowledge, understanding and skills. During your HTQ HND programme you will experience some, or all, of the following methods of assessment:

  • Formal & Informal reports
  • Written assignments
  • Laboratory practical work
  • In-class tests
  • Coursework case study problems
  • Work sheets
  • Project work
  • Group/Individual presentations

Work Experience

We work closely with a wide range of local employers who serve as a great source of work experience opportunities.


A progression path for HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree Course, depending on the match of the Pearson BTEC Higher National units to the degree Course in question. The skills offered as part of the Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the Computing sector. Below are some examples of job roles the qualification could lead to:

  • Systems Analyst
  • Data Designer
  • Systems Tester
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Support Technician
  • Web Designer