Applied Computing HND

This course is a stepping-stone towards a full honours degree in Computing. Delivered at Leicester College, the first two years of study lead to the award of HND after which you can top-up to an undergraduate degree in Applied Computing. Top-up to a BSc degree requires an additional year of full-time study at the De Montfort University campus.

Course details

The modules on this HND have been very carefully designed to provide a fully integrated course of study. Key skills in English and mathematics, business skills including report writing, group work, planning projects and making presentations are fully contextualised within the academic subject content.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 2 years
  • Course fee: 6,165 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

De Mortfort University

Course overview

The course is especially suitable if you wish to gain a professional qualification without immediately committing to a full term of study, if you are a mature student returning to study, or if you have entry qualifications below those required to start the full degree.


Entry requirements

A typical offer is 112 UCAS points. You need to study at least two subjects at A Level or equivalent (e.g. BTEC)

Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

Alternative qualifications include:

Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent)

English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grade 4

We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course

International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points


Successful completion of this course can provide an opportunity to top-up to one of the computing undergraduate degrees at DMU.

Recent graduates are now working as computer engineers, systems engineers, database managers, software developers, development and support officers, in personal identity security for smart cards and smart phones, and in teaching in Computing and ICT. Recent graduates are working for companies like the National Grid, Caterpillar, Bosch, Royal Bank of Scotland and Rolls Royce. 


This course uses a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory sessions, collaborative learning and self-directed study. A number of modules are assessed by coursework only and involve group work.

Assessment in each module is designed to meet its specified learning outcomes. Methods of assessment will include time constrained phase tests, portfolios of work, laboratory exercises, exams, reports and presentations.

  • Introduction to Computing and its applications
  • Computer Ethics
  • Data Analytics and Statistics 1
  • Information Systems Analysis
  • Information and Database Design
  • Foundations of programming in Python
  • Programming in Python 2
  • Data Analytics and Statistics 2
  • Information and Database Development
  • Project Management
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Integrated Project
  • Programming with APIs and Frameworks
  • Mobile Application Design and Development
  • Analytics and Business Modelling
  • Introduction to Information Security