Cloud Computing

Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND)

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Availability & Details

Cloud Computing, Level 5 Higher National Diploma AF-COMPHD-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full-Time, Higher Education, UCAS

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board

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Industry experts have ensured the content meets the business needs of this rapidly expanding sector so, if you are looking for a career-focused qualification to enter the sought after world of cloud computing – then this course is for you!

You have to be aged over 18 years and with one of the following academic qualifications (please note, they do not have to be related to IT/Computing):

– 48 UCAS points to include a minimum of one A Level at grade D
– NVQ3 at Pass level
– Access to Higher Education at Pass level
– Level 3 National Certificate/Diploma
– Aged over 21 with relevant industrial/commercial experience

In addition, you should have English Language and Mathematics to a grade 4 at GCSE standard or Level 2 Functional Skills in both English and Mathematics.

The course will include three pathways: Cloud Support, Cyber Security and Software Development.

Mandatory and specialist units will include:

  • Networking
  • Information Security Management
  • Programming
  • Database Design & Development
  • Deploy and Operating
  • Cloud Architecture Design
  • Computing Research Project
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Application Development Testing and Debugging

You will work closely with a highly qualified team with both academic and industry-based backgrounds.

The course will be delivered in a variety of learning situations, including lectures, one-to-one tuition, tutorials and workshops with a focus on independent learning development, utilising the College’s cloud-based platforms used within the digital industry.


Assessment is by a combination of final and continuous assessment some of which are set by Pearson the (BTEC) Awarding Organisation, some set internally. These are case study based and are designed to build on the latest business theories.

At the end of Year 1, students achieving the minimum number of units can either claim their HNC or progress on to Year 2 to complete the HND. Those completing the HND can either enter employment or apply for direct entry on to a degree at a number of local and national universities (subject to achieving the required grade profile).

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Tom Andrews, A Level Student

I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. The college is really good and supportive.

Natasha Boerer, BTEC student

I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

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