Higher National Diploma HND - Business and Computing

Programme Duration: 2 Years
NFQ Level: Level 6/7
Validating Body: Edexcel

Edexel Award

01 About the course

Higher National Diplomas are two year full-time and or part-time qualifications designed to allow students to progress academically in the field of study of their choice. They act as a springboard to further qualifications either on undergraduate degree programmes and or professional qualifications.

Students who complete an HND (with the requisite subject profile) may transfer onto the final year of an Honours degree or onto professional qualifications.

02 Course Content

Core Modules
Marketing, Managing Financial Resources and Decisions, Organisations and Behaviour, Business Environment, Common Law 1, Business Decision Making, Business Strategy.

Pathway Subjects
Introduction to Programming, Computer Architecture, Software Constructs and Tools, Systems Analysis, Computer Platforms, Management Information Systems, Data Analysis and Data Base Design, Communication Technology, Visual Programming.

04 Professional Accreditation and Exemptions

The HND in Business and Computing is a pathway programme to allow the student to progress in the field of Computing. Students (if they have the correct profile) will be able to transfer onto a Business/Computing degree (normally year two).

05 Career Prospects

The field of Computing and Information Technology has grown rapidly in the past ten years. IT is no longer viewed as a service provider within the management process, but as an essential part of the strategic planning of the organisation. In Ireland we are fortunate to have the European Headquarters of firms such as Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Vivendi, Google etc. These firms employ many IT graduates and Computing specialists.

Higher National Diplomas

We would recommend the Higher National Diplomas for prospective students who may not want to commit to a three year or four year degree programme at this time. These two year programmes allow the student to graduate with the HND qualification and then if they would like to progress onto a degree programme they may do so.

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