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Digital Technologies – HND


Availability & Details

Digital Technologies - HND SP-DTECHD-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Adult Learning, Higher Education, Part Time

Academic Year 2023-24 (34 weeks)


HSDC prides itself on providing a first-class learning experience, with expert teaching, excellent facilities and a wide range of resources available to support studying. We have a dedicated hardware, software and networking laboratory, computer suites and private small seminar space for use throughout the course.

Students first enrol on to the HNC and, after successfully completing the course, can progress on to the HND qualification. The course entails a mixture of lectures, online content, tutorials, workshops and independent research. Every student will have a dedicated tutor to help support studies, as well as access to the College’s resources and facilities.

Cost: £3,150 per year.

If you have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

– Grade 9 – 4 in GCSE Mathematics – a sound mathematical ability is essential
– A BTEC Level 3 qualification in IT or Digital Technologies
– A T Level qualification in Digital
– A Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in relevant subjects such as Mathematics, Computer Science, etc.

The course will be delivered part time over two years, with teaching taking place for one full day per week consisting of four sessions. This equates to approx. 7.5 hours per week (face-to-face and e-learning) and 8+ hours per week independent self-study during term time.

Year 1 HNC Core Units: 

  • Professional Practice in the Digital Economy Innovation 
  • Digital Transformation

Year 1 HNC Optional Units: 

  • Programming 
  • Cloud Fundamentals 
  • Networking in the Cloud Fundamentals of AI & Intelligent Systems 
  • Cyber Security
  • Database Design & Development

Year 2 HND Units will include topics such as:

  • Business Intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Digital Sustainability
  • Information Security Management in the Cloud
  • Digital Technologies as a Catalyst for Change

If you elect to only complete the first year, then you will complete the course achieving a BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma. If you progress on to the second year then you can achieve a BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit and Distinction and aggregated over the duration of the course to determine your final grade.

BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit and Distinction and aggregated over the duration of the course to determine your final grade.

Classes are informal and incorporate a variety of teaching and learning methods e.g. discussion, lectures, group work and practical sessions.

We assess you in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. This includes:

– Reports
– Multiple choice tests
– Essays
– Written exams
– Mini projects
– Presentations
– Review articles.

After successfully completing the course you will be able to progress on to a top-up degree or gain advancement in your current employment. You will also be able to gain progression employment in fields such as computer networking, technical support, web development, software development, AI development, AR development and cloud-based systems.

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student

My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student