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BTEC HND Computing, Systems Development

  • Fee
    £5250pa (UK & EU) / £6250pa (International)
  • Duration of course 2 Years (Full Time) / 4 Years (Part time)
  • Course type Full-time; Part-time
  • This course is suitable for H.E. Students; International Students

What does the course include?

This Higher National Diploma has been developed to prepare learners for a career in the IT industry; this could mean anything from computer games design to digital forensics. Over the course of 2 years you will learn a range of skills that will equip you with the knowledge and expertise to begin a career in this exciting field. Below is an example of some of the units that you will cover:

  • Business Skills for e-Commerce
  • Computer Systems
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Web Design
  • Procedural Programming
  • Computer Games Design and Development
  • Digital Forensics
  • Computer Systems Architecture

There will be a balance of practical skills development and knowledge requirements, some of which can be theoretical in nature. Relevant and up-to-date teaching materials will allow learners to apply their learning to actual events and activities within the sector. All materials will be available on the College's Virtual Learning Environment.

Students will be given opportunities to develop skills towards qualifications provided by major technology vendor and trade associations such as Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA and HP.

What do I need to get on to the course?

Entry requirements will be based on learners having already achieved the BTEC Extended National Diploma in ICT or equivalent or two 'A' levels, at least one of which is in a relevant subject.

The interview process

All learners will be given an initial assessment and interview.

Where does it lead?

During the course every effort will be made to ensure that learners are given the opportunity for work experience. The BTEC HND has been designed with career progression in mind and for recognition by professional bodies. City of Westminster College's Progression Agreements are intended to enable students to progress from vocational programmes such as HNCs and HNDs to Higher Education, topping up their qualifications to gain full degrees.


Fees quoted are for full time study. Part time fees will be proportional to the full time fees over the duration of the course. However, please be aware there may be marginal fee increase in subsequent years.

Awarding body



The College has links with several organisations which specialise in student accommodation. These offer a range of types of accommodation and prices vary depending on location, homestay or independent living, whether meals are required and whether you want a single or shared room. The College does not have its own accommodation. Click here for more information.

Equipment and other costs

If you are a UK student planning to study a full-time or part-time higher education course you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your course. If you study full-time you may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan and a grant to assist you with living costs.

These loans do not require repayment until you have finished your course and you are earning more than £21,000 per year, although you can start repaying them sooner if you wish. Click here to find out more.​​

To apply for this course please do so via UCAS, the UCAS reference for this course is 001I.

If you need help before choosing your course, please call 020 7258 2721, email or come along to one of our Open Days.​​​​