Computing (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing (RQF)

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Digital technology companies are thriving right across the UK and the rest of the world. and They are are growing in terms of revenue, number of companies and employment. The percentage growth of digital jobs over the next six years is expected to be higher than that of all other occupations combined – the result of the formation of more and more digital businesses.

The new BTEC Higher National qualifications in Computing are designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, thereby providing students with a clear line of sight to employment or to progression to a degree at Level 6.

Pathways within this qualification

Brochure download buttonThis qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of both today’s students and the industry’s future. To help our students develop in their chosen specialism, we developed a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Network Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Analytics  
  • Security Intelligent Systems  
  • Applications Development

Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Computing

Some typical jobs after completing the HNC*

Some typical jobs after completing the HND*

Systems Engineer; Support Technician; Database Administrator; Servicedesk Technician; System Testing Engineer; Network Support Technician. Network Engineer; Systems Architect Network Manager; Software Developer; Systems Designer; Business Analyst; Games Developer; Web Developer; Business Analyst Marketing Analyst; Data Engineer; fraud Analyst; Operation research Scientist; forensic Computer Analysts; IT Security Coordinator; Ethical Hacker; fraud Analyst

*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements. 

Industry support and recognition

For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. Specific companies and industry bodies that have made formal statements of support and/or actively hire students who complete BTEC Higher National qualifications.

  • British Telecommunications plc (BT) recognises our BTEC HN qualifications as appropriate in preparing you for work in this industry. Learn more (PDF)
  • CompTIA: With BTEC HNs in Computing you can progress onto CompTIA's vendor neutral IT certifications. Learn more (PDF)

Support while you study

As a BTEC Higher Nationals student you will have access to a specially designed range of digital resources, to ensure that you’ll have the best possible experience during your course. These are available on our free dedicated platform for Higher National students – HN Global.

You’ll be able to access free online learning to develop your study skills to support your higher education learning, and career development resources to support you with preparing for the real world. With HN Global, you can also participate within a community of other BTEC Higher National students from around the world, via online forums, to discuss anything relevant to your course.

Progression to university

We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. You can currently top-up your HNs to over 1500 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit Pearson Degree Course Finder to find all the current articulations.

Where to study BTEC HNs in Computing?

If you'd like more information, or to find a college that delivers the BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing, you can search your area on our handy map or visit any the following sites:

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We have created a handy guide with more information about BTEC Higher National qualifications so you can find the right one for you.

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