SQA HNC & HND Courses

Sessions: January | August

Funding Available!!!

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Student Loans Available

In Partnership with SLC

All the Student Benefits

Including Bursary & Student Loans


ITPT is an approved centre to deliver HNC and HND full time/part time courses. ITPT has been providing variety of professional, career oriented certificates and short term courses tailored to necessitate the student, professional and learners in the past.  We have expanded our vendor specific courses to include Higher National Certificate (HNC) & Higher National Diploma (HND) full time/part time. We are currently offering selective SQA HNC and HND courses allowing our experienced tutors to fully focus on students’ individual study requirements.

ITPT uniquely focuses on not only instructor-led theoretical knowledge but also supervised practical experience. Our courses incorporate intensive and extensive hands-on exercise to boost the theoretical knowledge of our students with an invaluable practical expertise.

HNCs and HNDs focus on ‘learning by doing’ and give skills that any individual can exploit in any particular job. They are highly valued by employers and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.

Our HNC and HND courses are job-oriented, designed to equip students for employment in a range of professions and careers. We provide 100% hands on experience during our course attendance.

ITPT offers courses designed to improve our clients IT jobs prospect that fulfil requirements of various employers in IT industry. Our courses will enhance their IT skills, getting back to the work, job hunting, changing life career, and promotion at work, better IT job opportunity and many more.

Qualification Explained


IT Professional Training offers different levels of qualifications, accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). You will see various qualification levels mentioned on this site.

We have many different IT qualifications and levels to choose from. The different levels of course are known by various abbreviations (i-e HNC, HND, PDA) and the concept behind this is quite simple. Use this section to learn about the different level of qualifications we have available and what they mean. And what every level of qualification can lead you onto.

Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma (HNC / HND)
HNCs and HNDs are highly-regarded by employers and are also accepted for entry to many university degrees, often directly into the second or third year. Both qualifications comprise Higher National units.

Higher National Certificate (HNC) – SCQF Level 7 
This type of course is usually studied over one year, on a full-time basis, but it can also be studied part-time on a day release basis. The course is made up of a group of units designed in conjunction with industry sectors to prepare people for employment, to progress onto second year of a Higher National Diploma (HND) or even progress onto a degree course at university.

Higher National Diploma (HND) – SCQF Level 8
Many students, having completed an HNC year, will go on to study for an HND. This will usually take a further year to complete studying full-time and can also be studied on a part-time basis. Completion of an HND is often seen as the equivalent of studying the first 2 years of a degree course and can, in some cases, lead to direct entry to the third year of a Scottish university degree programme.

Professional Development Awards (PDA)
These part-time courses offer professional training at different levels relating to specific vocational areas for those with a knowledge or experience of that occupation.

Sessions: January | August

HNC Courses

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  • HNC Cyber Security

    HNC Cyber Security

    March 28,2019 / 0 Comments

    Progression To :- HND Cyber Security This course comprehensively covers all cyber vulnerability aspects. We teach exactly what you prefer in a fast-paced, innovative industry that values radical...

  • HNC Administration & Information Technology

    June 05,2017 / 0 Comments

    Progression To – HND COMPUTING: Administration and Information Technology

  • HNC Computing

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HND Courses

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  • HND Computing: Technical Support with Cyber Security

    May 18,2016 / 0 Comments

    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.

  • HND Computing: Networking

    January 04,2016 / 0 Comments

    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 Networking and Server.

Entry Requirements


To study for an HNC or HND, students will require some previous qualifications. Most HND courses require one A level or an equivalent qualification. Mature students previous skills and experience will also be considered if not meeting entry requirements.

Minimum Entry Requirements is likely to include at least one of the following:

  • National Certificate in Digital media Computing at SCQF level 5 or level 6 or a combination of both OR
  • Any two relevant National Courses at Higher together with three Standard Grade/Intermediate passes OR
  • Any two relevant new National Courses at Higher, based on the Curriculum for Excellence, together with three passes at National 5 level in appropriate subjects OR
  • An SVQ at level 2 or 3 in information Technology or other relevant area OR
  • A programme of national Units to the course you want to study OR
  • Relevant National Progression Awards OR
  • National Units at appropriate levels combined with any of the above OR
  • IT Professional Training recognises that many students come to the institutes with a wide range of expertise, skills and knowledge that has never been officially assessed. This may have been gained through a variety of personal situations OR
  • If you do not have the relevant qualifications for the course you applied for, you will be required to provide details of your previous learning experiences that are of the same level as the entry qualifications for your selected course. Applicants with relevant experience but without formal qualifications may be accepted via interview OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or computing experience will also be considered OR
  • Vendor qualifications (certificates) will also be accepted such as from Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA, Oracle, CIW, Adobe, etc.

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 and tell us why they are interested in this particular area.

Funding Available

Eligible Scottish home students studying full-time/part-time in Scotland are not required to pay tuition fees and will need to apply with SAAS to have their fees paid on their behalf.

Student Awards Agency for Scotland

SAAS is an agency of the Scottish Government giving financial support to eligible students doing a course of higher education in the UK.

Funding information video by SAAS

The table below shows the funding available for the qualifications we offer:

Full-Time education8Higher National Diploma


Course fee paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

Bursary & Living support available with a repayable Student Loan from SLC.

7Higher National Certificate


Part-Time education7 & 8PDAs & Vendor NeutralCourse fee paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

SAAS provides funding to eligible full-time/part-time students who are doing HNC, HND, degree, PGDE or equivalent courses.

For details on SAAS funding and student benefits please contact us directly or you will also find details on SAAS website on how to apply for your funding.

Click here to see the list of SAAS Funding providers

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.

Student Benifits

Student benifits

What student benefits I can get?

You can apply for Bursary & Living support and a repayable Student Loan from SLC.

All students in Scotland are eligible to apply for a non-means tested Student Loan of up to £4,750 regardless of your circumstances.

Some students are also eligible to apply for a non-repayable bursary from SAAS, but this dependent on household income.

Household IncomeYoung StudentsIndependent Students
£34,000 and above£0£4,750£4,750£0£4,750£4,750

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Here at ITPT, we offer three methods of learning to give the opportunity to as many students as possible including students who have family or work commitment:

1. Classroom-based classes
2. Blended distance learning classes
3. Distance learning classes

We have a dedicated ITPT Student Portal (Moodle) where you can find all Lecture PowerPoint slides, Course materials and other learning materials to to study from home.

We also provide video call in facility, So you can see the live class feed at your home. Along with recorded classes to go through them at your time.

Whatever way you chose to learn with ITPT, there will always be a tutor to support you during your course whether you come to classes or study from home. The tutor support comes in the forms of face-to-faceemailSkype & via phone call.

Full-time Study


We understand that everyone’s learning requirements are different and offer our courses in a variety of attendance modes; full-time, part-time & distance learning classes.

Full-time study of Higher National Certificate and Diploma (HNC/HND) courses involves attending college approximately three days per week. HNC courses run for one year, or as the first year of an HND, which run for two years.

We offer two different admission sessions, We have an intake in January and other in August.

Feel free to contact us to discuss your needs.

Part-time Study


Part-time courses are designed to fit around people’s lives you have the option to be a part-time student to attend the classes or be a distance learner and study on your own peace from home.

We have a dedicated ITPT Student Portal (Moodle) where you can find all Lecture PowerPoint slides, Course materials and other learning materials to accommodate our distance learners.

Whatever way you chose to learn with ITPT, there will always be a tutor to support you during your course whether you come to classes or study from home. The tutor support comes in the forms of face-to-face meetings and email support.

ITPT Calendar for SQA HNC & HND Courses

Term, Holidays & Closures 2018-2019

ITPT Opening Hours:

Monday09:00 – 17:00
Tuesday09:00 – 17:00
Wednesday09:00 – 17:00
Thursday09:00 – 17:00
Friday09:00 – 17:00

Term Times 2018/2019

Semester 1 (January 2018)29th January 2018 –21st July 2018
Semester 2 (August 2018)27th August 2018 –   21th January 2018


Easter Holidays28th March 2018 – 15th April 2018
Early May Bank Holiday07th May 2018
Spring Bank Holiday28th May 2018
Summer Bank Holiday06th August 2018
St. Andrew’s day30th Nov 2018
Christmas Break24th December 2018 – 08th January 2019
Summer Holidays22nd of July 2018 – 26th of August 2018

These dates may be subject to change.  Please confirm all dates with your course tutor in the first instance.


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