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Course Aim

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Business course prepares students for progression to year 2 of an appropriate degree, RQF level 5 or equivalent. 

The course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to follow a Computing degree or follow a career path in computing.

The course consists of 8 units.  Each unit consists of 60 hours of teaching and 90 hours of recommended personal study time.

Guided learning hours may be provided as lectures, seminars or tutorials.



Students will study content in relation to the following subject areas:
Unit 1: Programming*
Unit 2: Networking*
Unit 3: Professional Practice*
Unit 4: Database Design and Development*
Unit 5: Security*
Unit 6: Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson Set)*
Unit 10: Website Design and Development
Unit 11: Maths for Computing


Please note that some lessons may be delivered online.  

Course Composition

✔ 36 teaching weeks spread over a year
✔ 480 guided learning hours 
✔ 720 hours recommended personal study
✔ Total expected learning hours: 1,200

Minimum English level for entry
IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
Minimum Qualification level for entry
RQF level 3

Course Information

Minimum Level Requirements

English Language Requirement: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent with no less than 5.0 in any skill.
Qualification: Foundation RQF level 3 or equivalent (A-Levels / high school Diploma).
Minimum age: 18 years +


Assessment may take the form of individual and team based projects and presentations / seminars, tests, personal learning journals, exams, continuous assessment, portfolios, mind maps and organising events, which are all based on the College's fair assessment policy.

Certificates and Credits

Upon successful completion of the course you will be presented with a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing.

Graduates of this course will receive 120 credits.

Course Start Dates

Students can join the course in September and January.
Applications for other start dates may be considered on a case-by-case basis after assessing the individual's prior learning.

General Level / Experience of Staff

Staff are qualified to at least one level above to the level they are teaching and hold a relevant teaching qualification.
Staff come from a range of backgrounds, including academic and industry specialisms. From time to time we may invite guest lecturers or subject specific specialists to take lectures / seminars.

Staff teaching English modules hold a Cambridge CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL qualification.

Fees and Other Relevant Costs

Tuition fees for new students: £16,813 (this includes a £100 non-refundable enrolment fee).
Tuition fees for existing or continuing students: £16,713 per annum.
BTEC Registration: Princes include BTEC registration fee
Field Trips: costs will be charged as incurred, but will not exceed £200 per annum. Field trips are optional and do not contribute to the overall assessment.
Books: a range of books are recommended to supplement teaching and are purchased at the discretion of the student. All recommended texts are available in the College library for reference purposes.

All students are tested in English, maths and IT after registration at ETC. Additional support classes in English, maths and IT are included in the cost, if required.


Upon successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Computing, you are eligible to enter the International Year 2 Computing course.

Programme Specification

Please download the programme specification for more information.

ETC’s University Counsellor Services

When you study on the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business course you will be assigned to our University Counsellor.
They will help you to:

Find the university of your choice

Write your personal statement

Get letters of recommendation

Complete your university application

Find out about your extra curricular activities

Course Enrolment


🗸 36 teaching weeks spread over a year
🗸 Additional support in English and maths
🗸 120 credits upon successful completion