Computing – Security HND

Following on from the HNC and with a focus on security, this Computing HND Level 5 qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to protect IT systems, networks and individuals against cyber threats.

Craven College is part of the NEW Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology (which has received £10m Government investment). You will have access to a brand new floor of high spec i7 PCs as well as industry standard Cisco Networking equipment on our Skipton Campus. We are working with a network of employers so that your curriculum meets their future employment needs in areas such as Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing and Data Erasure. An Achievement Bursary of £750 is available for all students on this course.

Available for February 2020 start.

Course Level:
Level 5
1 Year
Study Time:
Aireville Campus
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Validated by:

FT - £6,750
Fees & Funding

Once the College has finalised its proposals for 2021/22 Tuition Fees more information will be published. Any proposals will be in line with the Consumer Price Index and the College’s Fee Policy. Please note the Higher National Certificates (HNC) are qualifications in their own right and students progressing from a HNC to Higher National Diploma (HND) are subject to a new fee.


In partnership with Skipton Building Society, Computershare,, JBA Consulting, PEEL interactive, Selestial Software, CPOMS and Craven District Council, this qualification has been developed alongside experts in the industry and will allow you to make your move into employment within the ever-evolving computing industry.

The course will be taught over 1 or 2 days a week allowing you to work alongside studying and with a total cost of £6,000 (£6750 with a cash payment of £250 at the end of each term conditional on at least 85% attendance and making expected progress).

With enrichment, that could include Arduino Robotics and Raspberry Pi Alarms alongside employer Masterclasses, Mentoring and Work Shadowing, this course will offer you the opportunity to gain valuable vocational and professional skills.

You will need to undertake significant independent study outside of taught sessions. For every one taught hour you should spend at least two hours studying independently away from College, equating to at least eight hours per week.

Assessment is on a continuous basis with up to two assignments in each unit. Assessment is via coursework which takes a variety of forms including written reports, presentations, portfolios and written reflections.

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Cryptography
  • Forensics
  • Information Security Management
  • Internet of Things
  • Client/Server Computing Systems

Entry Requirements

HNC Computing


Your choices may include:

  • Network Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Ethical Hacker
  • Penetration Tester
  • Data Erasure

Your choices may include:

Computing BSc

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