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Digital Technologies – HND


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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)


The HND Digital Technologies will be delivered as part of the new South Coast Institute of  Technology collaboration, providing a first-class learning experience. Students will be taught by lecturers with an experience background in industry, and will have access to brand new industry standard facilities, such as two brand new re-designed Digital Tech suites, including a dedicated server, high spec DELL PCs, Cisco Systems, new VR/AR tools such as the Microsoft HoloLens 2 and private small seminar spaces for individual study.

As this course is designed to meet the needs of businesses, we have introduced the HN Flex option with:

– the flexibility to gain knowledge, skills, and behaviours in a more efficient and bite-sized way to upskill or retrain, without having to enrol on a full qualification 

 – full accreditation by Pearson BTEC. 15 credits awarded per unit under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

– the ability to “stack” units towards a full Higher National qualification in the future

As an employer, this option provides quality CPD via specific occupationally relevant units, rapidly upskilling employees. There’s no need for long-term commitment to a full qualification which allows for a lower investment, as well as aligning to the Apprenticeship Standards in the UK (where possible).

If you would like to find out more about the HN Flex option please contact 

HNC/D two year option 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.

Part Time HNC/HND Option:

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.


HNC Digital Technologies HN Flex Option:

If the part time  two year option is not for you, we will also be offering HNC Digital Technologies HN Flex Units.

This allows students to take unit credits in short form such as one evening per week for 12 weeks.


  • Part time one day per week over two years, to allow for working and studying, or
  • Part time two year HN Flex Units option – allowing students to take unit credits in short form such as one evening per week for 12 weeks:

Units offered from Jan 2024:

  • Unit 3: Cyber Security 
  • Unit 7: Cloud Fundamentals 

Units offered from April 2024:

  • Unit 15: Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Intelligent Systems 
  • Unit 10: Database Design & Development

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.

Teaching staff on the course have backgrounds in Industry working for IBM and Marconi and Academia ranging up to PhD level, we also have working partnerships with Lockheed Martin. Staff specialisms include Programming, Database Design, Cyber Security, Networking, and Cloud Computing.


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

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.

After successfully completing the HND, you will be able to progress on to a top-up degree or gain advancement in your current employment. As an Institute of Technology partner, students will have the option to top up to full degree status with our university partners Solent University Southampton and the University of Portsmouth.

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 teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student

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 courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student