HND Computer Science

This University of Lincoln validated qualification is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to enhance their career potential in the computing profession.

Level: University-level

Duration: 2 years

Venues: Lincoln

Course Code: 104G

Apply through UCAS

Course description

The Computing Section of Lincoln College, in partnership with The University of Lincoln is providing a range of qualifications from Higher National Certificate to Higher National Diplomas with the provision of progression to a final year BSc. The courses are aimed mainly, but not exclusively, at those who have some computing experience.

Typical Course Structure

Module CATS
Programming and Data Structures 30
Web Authoring 15
Computer Architectures 15
Operating Systems 15
Maths for Computing 15
Algorithms and Complexity 15
Problem Solving 15
Professional Practice 15
Group Project 15
Human-Computer Interaction 15
Artificial Intelligence 15
Network and Network Systems 15
Database Systems 15
Advanced Software Development 15
Programming Paradigms 15

The programme also aims to develop professional and transferable skills in a wide range of methods, techniques and practices appropriate for the task domain of a professional software developer. Computer Science is distinctive in that it provides a strong conceptual and methodological grounding and seeks to develop a rich and up-to-date set of practices and techniques which students can deploy in both state-of-the-art software and hardware contexts.

Study Details

You will study on the Lincoln College Campus for the full durations of the course, using our dedicated computer suites and teaching areas.

2 years full time

Course contact hours are typically comprised of:

8 hrs Theory sessions per week

6 hrs Practical / Seminar sessions per week

It is expected that students should complete between 18 and 21 hrs of additional independent study per week in order to be successful on this programme.

Whilst the sessions delivered at College will fall between Monday and Friday from 9am – 6pm, it is expected that students make themselves available to complete voluntary or work experience hours outside of these times. Many of the opportunities offered through the college will require commitment during evenings and weekends.

Terms and Conditions

This course is validated by University of Lincoln. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are HEFCE registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme  throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details of the responsibilities of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the HE Terms and Conditions page, section 11. 

Full details and information regarding terms and conditions of study, relevant policies and procedures, offers and acceptance of offers can be found at:

Entry requirements

A minimum of 140 UCAS Tariff points from the following:

  • GCE ‘A’ and ‘AS’ Levels with at least one subject at ‘A’ Level.
  • BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
  • AVCE in a relevant subject
  •  Access to HE
  •  Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher.

For mature applicants some experience may be taken in lieu of ‘A’ Levels/AVCE.

GCSE ‘C’ English (Level 2 Functional skills is not taken as an equivalent)
GCSE ‘C’ Maths (Level 2 Functional skills is not taken as an equivalent)

EU and International applicants 

  • NARIC confirmed equivalent of 140 UCAS points  
  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for EU applicants.

Progress & Assessment

Assessment Methods

There are typically 1-3 assessment tasks per module delivered. The assessment methods used throughout the programme include:

  • Practical assessments
  • Written examinations
  • Assessed workshops
  • Written assessments
  • Online assessments
  • Presentations and group work
  • Projects

The programme specification details the assessment strategy for each module, including the relevant task weightings.

Course Progression

HND students may top-up to a degree although the point of entry will depend upon the University applied to, direct entry to year 3 Computer Science at the University of Lincoln.

On successful completion of HND, students can seek careers in a wide range of IT professions such as programming, systems analysis, systems management and database development.




Student Per Year
Home and EU students £6500.00
International Students £9500.00

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs 

Core text – approx. £50 but secondhand version available cheaper (compulsory) 

Additional compulsory course costs will be paid for using the Lincoln College Bursary / Vocational Credit scheme. The scheme allows students to access the remainder of the Vocational Credit (up to a maximum value of £500 / £250) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Vocational Credit may do so at full cost to themselves.


Apply through UCAS online at

Institution code: L42
UCAS course code: 104G

Further Information

Contact name:

Stephen Smith

Contact school:

School of Professional Industries

Contact number:

For further details please contact the Information Office on 030 030 32435