Course Details

  • This course provides individuals with a broad understanding of organisation structure, the business environment and systems, analysis and design of database development, together with the underpinning theory of computer architecture and networks. It enables them to function effectively in the business world in the provision of IT systems for the support of the information requirements of organisations.

    It is most suited to individuals who wish to relate their technical knowledge to a broad range of business issues from a general management perspective. With a focus on the commercial application of technology, it supports a wide range of career opportunities through the development of appropriate skills.

    The course develops appropriate knowledge and skills in business and IT through an integrated teaching and learning strategy. The principles and techniques of management are also studied throughout the course and offer an opportunity to combine a business and technical education in an applied vocational context.

    Particular emphasis is placed on the application of hardware and software packages and products to the solution of business problems.

    Subjects covered include :

    Business Skills for E-Commerce
    Computer Systems
    Procedural Programming
    Research Skills
    Employability and Professional
    Database Design Concepts
    Web Design
    Network Technologies
    Data analysis and Design
    Programming in Java
    LAN Technologies
    IT Virtualisation
    Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
    Web Application Development
    WAN Technologies
    Work-Based Experience.

    (Subject to Validation, modules liable to be updated and changed).

  • For the HND

    GCSEs at Grade C/grade 5 or above in Maths and English Language and
    64 UCAS tariff points from a Level 3 IT/Computing course, or successful completion of HNC in same award.

    Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered
    Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity may also apply.

  • Each semester consists of four units for full-time and two units for the part time course. You will be assessed using a number of assignments and practical assessments related to individual units. You cannot pass a unit unless you provide evidence against all the Learning Criteria. Assignments take a variety of forms. Each is designed to assess specified learning outcomes for the unit; the overall nature and pattern of assessment is linked to the course learning outcomes.

    You will study both in lessons and at home, making full use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Guidance and help will be provided throughout.

  • Upon successful completion of the HND, students may progress onto a third year and top up their FdSc to a BSc(Hons) within their own specialised field BSc (Hons) Network Administration with Cloud Computing (Top up) or BSc (Hons) Business Computing with IT (Top up) at The Manchester College or progress to honours level awards at Manchester Metropolitan University.

    The course will help you to progress to junior IT office managers, junior software developers, network administration assistants and end user support analysts.

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  • Tuition fees and funding can be a little confusing, which is why we’ve put together a dedicated finance page, Fees, Funding and Finance, to help you understand all your options. You may be eligible for special bursaries, grants or support from the government, and you can also find out about specific loans and funding help just for tuition fees.

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