HND Computing: Technical Support
The HND covers a range of specialist technical skills and knowledge in using and supporting computer systems. Typically, an HND takes two years to complete.
Awarding Body: SQA
Course Title: HND Computing: Technical Support
Group Award Code: GG7F 16
SCQF Level: 8
Credit Value: 15
SCQF Points: 120
Modes of Study: Full Time – Part Time
Duration: 1 Year Full Time
Duration: 16 Months Part Time
Starting from: Jan 2016 & Aug 2016
The HND covers a range of specialist technical skills and knowledge in using and supporting computer systems. Typically, an HNC takes one year to complete and an HND takes two years.
This course will allow students to study towards up-to-date Vendor specific certifications in many of the skills that are in demand for many different types of career in IT Technical Support Role. The course provides a comprehensive range of knowledge and practical skills in providing technical expertise in pc maintenance, installing windows, desktop support, Cloud and server support.
At ITPT we have organised labs which is fully equipped with the latest hardware components, software’s & servers. In labs learners will have the opportunity to build PC’s & laptops, studying the Microsoft Windows Server operating systems within virtualised environment provide hands on experience and learning.
What will you study?
Students will study a selection of appropriate technical support units designed to develop student’s skills and competencies to enable further study in any university undergraduate in computing programme.
The HND Computing from ITPT offers a range of broad based computing support, cloud & Virtualisation modules including modules that cover elements of the MCSA Server, VMware Cloud Virtualisation and Linux LPI.
Completion of the course culminates in a thought provoking project based on realistic scenarios
Minimum Entry Requirements:
- Must pass HNC Computing (preferably 15 Credits) Unit Or
- Mature candidates without the necessary minimum qualifications, will be considered on an individual basis Or
- Other equivalent qualifications or experience will also be considered
Additional Selection Requirements:
All applications are subject to an interview to assess suitability in terms of academic qualifications and motivation. Reference will also be considered.
Students will be invited for a group and/or individual interview where they will get the opportunity to find out more about the course.
Course Development Routes
This course integrates learning materials from industry standard vendors such as Microsoft, CompTIA and VMware which can help to prepare students for a variety of vendor certification exams.
On completion of this certificate or during the course, units relevant to any particular vendor’s certification students can appear to equip themselves with the global recognised and employers demand qualification from any of the following:
- MCSA server Module 1 (Active directory administration)
- CompTIA Linux LPI 101 -102
- VmWare Cloud Virtualisation (partial syllabus)
Microsoft MCSA (Administering Server), Linux & VMware Virtualisation curriculum is embedded within this qualification. Candidates are expected to fund the cost of the vendor certification examinations. Being a partner with Pearson & Certiport Testing Centre we can get student’s discounted exam vouchers. Tutors will also help students in preparing for any relevant Vendors specific exam during the course
Vendor qualifications are certificated in addition to the HND award and significantly enhance candidates’ employability.
Progression Route on Course Completion
Successful completion of HND in Technical Support may provide access to 2nd or 3rd year at a selection of many Scottish universities:
Graduates from this programme will be well-positioned to apply for industry jobs such as;
- Desktop Server Technician
- Server Administrator
- IT Administrator
- Network Support Technician
- Network Technician
- Systems Administrator
- Infrastructure Engineer
The forms are available to download from our website. HND Application Form can be collected from the Admissions Office.
1. SAAS – SAAS.GOV.COM
2. SDS – Flexible learning opportunity (who are currently employed in Scottish Based organisation not more than 100 employees can also apply for the course funding)
For Students who don’t qualify for the above fundings:
How much HNC/HND course will cost?
For students living (domiciled) in Scotland or the European Union and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees will apply:
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)
|Full-time per year (can be paid in instalments)||£1,285|
|Part-time (can be divided per unit)||£1,285|
For rest of UK students
For students living (domiciled) in rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland and studying this course, the following fees will apply:
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)
|Full-time per year (can be paid in instalments)||£6,510|
|Part-time (can be divided per unit)||£4,510|
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
We also provide flexible fee instalments to help students in paying their fee.
There are a number of other funding opportunities available to UK and EU students to help them to pay for their studies and also to cover cost of living whilst studying. Contact the college for more details.
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