HND Computing: Technical Support with Cyber Security

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Awarding Body: SQA

Course Title: HND Computing: Technical Support with Cyber Security

Modes of Study: Full Time – Part Time – Distance Learning

Starting from: Jan  & Aug

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 are 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 & VMware Cloud Virtualisation and Linux LPI.

Completion of the course culminates in a thought provoking project based on realistic scenarios

Entry Requirements

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 to 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 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:

1. CompTIA Linux LPI 101 -102

2. VmWare Cloud Virtualisation (partial syllabus)

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:

Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme will be well-positioned to apply for industry jobs such as;

1. Desktop Server Technician

2. Server Administrator

3. IT Administrator

4. Network Support Technician

5. Network Technician

6. Systems Administrator

7. Infrastructure Engineer

Application Forms

The forms are available to download from our website. HND Application Form can be collected from the Admissions Office.

Funding Available:

1. Full Time: https://www.saas.gov.uk/full-time

2. Part Time: https://www.saas.gov.uk/part-time

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

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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