SQA HNC & HND Courses

Sessions: January | August

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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.

What is Certificate and Diploma of Higher Education? 

Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) endow with both the academic and vocational skills requisite by employers and for students future career development.

All the courses are made up of Higher National Unit credits.

  • HNC courses are made up of 12 or 15 credits
  • HND courses are made up of 30 credits

Candidates must attain all mandatory & optional units in order to be certificated for the Group Award appropriately. However, all units are certificated in their own right, therefore, if any student does not complete the Group Award (HNC or HND) they will still be certificated for the individual units successfully passed.

On successful completion of HNC or HND or both can grant you entry into university or also into a number of IT professional courses from vendor bodies such as Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA, Oracle, CIW, Adobe and many others depending on which specific faculty you choose. So whether you want to go straight into a job, or continue your studies, getting a Higher National qualification is a good place to start.

They also help develop advanced study skills and the generic core skills necessary to progress on to University. Some HNCs allow direct entry into the second year of a degree qualification and some HNDs allow direct entry into the third year

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.


Here at ITPT, we offer three methods of learning to give opportunity to as many people as possible including people 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 activities to accommodate our distance learners.

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 in your convenience.

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, email, Skype & via phone call.

Following are the Top 10 foremost reasons in selecting Computing as a career.

  1. Computing has become integral part of everyone’s daily routine!

Computing and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us. Understanding different dimensions of computing is part of the necessary skill set for an educated person in the 21st century. Whether you want to be a scientist, develop the latest killer application, or just know what it really means when someone says “the computer made a mistake”, studying computing will provide you with valuable knowledge.

  1. Expertise in computing enables you to solve complex, challenging problems.

Computing is a discipline that offers rewarding and challenging possibilities for a wide range of people regardless of their range of interests. Computing requires and develops capabilities in solving deep, multidimensional problems requiring imagination and sensitivity to a variety of concerns.

  1. Computing enables you to make a positive difference in the world.

Computing drives innovation in the sciences (human genome project, AIDS vaccine research, environmental monitoring and protection just to mention a few), and also in engineering, business, entertainment and education. If you want to make a positive difference in the world, study computing.

  1. Computing offers many types of lucrative careers.

Computing jobs are among the highest paid and have the highest job satisfaction. Computing is very often associated with innovation, and developments in computing tend to drive it. This, in turn, is the key to national competitiveness. The possibilities for future developments are expected to be even greater than they have been in the past.

  1. Computing jobs are here to stay, regardless of where you are located.

There actually are more computing jobs than qualified people to fill them in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth rates between 12% and 37% in computing and information technology occupations from 2012 through 2022. If you consider the expected growth in computing, it’s easy to see that companies simply need more talent. Don’t miss out on pursuing the large number of open positions available right now.

  1. Expertise in computing helps you even if your primary career choice is something else.

Having a computing major will provide you with a foundation of knowledge, problem solving and logical thinking that will serve as a competitive advantage to you in your career, in whatever field you choose.

  1. Computing offers great opportunities for true creativity and innovativeness.

Creating high-quality computing solutions is a highly creative activity, and computing supports creative work in many other fields. The best solutions in computing exhibit high levels of elegance and beauty.

  1. Computing has space for both collaborative work and individual effort.

Computing is often about being part of a team that requires people with many different kinds of skills. Yet there is also plenty of space for individual flair and imagination.

  1. Computing is an essential part of well-rounded academic preparation.

An increasing number of universities and employers see successful completion of a computer science course as a sign of academic well-roundedness.

  1. Future opportunities in computing are without boundaries.

Computing is one of those fields where it is almost impossible to predict what will happen next. This is why we cannot even begin to imagine all the ways that you can make a contribution to it and it can make your life’s work exciting and real.

Funding Available:



Download: SAAS Full Time/Part Time Funding Guide, Full Time Forms, Part Time Forms

Read: Full Time Students Eligibility Criteria, Part Time Students Eligibility Criteria, Disabled students’ allowance (DSA)


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.


ITPT Calendar for SQA HNC & HND Courses

Term, Holidays & Closures

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 2017/2018

Semester 1Monday 28 August 2017 – Friday 19 January 2018
Semester 2Monday 22 January 2018 – Friday 15 June 2018



Autumn Mid-term Break16 October 2017 – 20 October 2017
St. Andrews Day30 November 2017
Christmas Holidays 2017-201822 December 2017 –  07 January 2018


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