The Level 4 units lay the foundation of learning by providing a broad introduction to digital technologies and to a range of digital technology specialist functions. This develops and strengthens core skills, while preparing students to study specialist subjects at Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility.
Students will gain a wide range of knowledge tied to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students are involved in vocational activities that help them to develop vocational behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and the workplace.
After studying a Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Digital Technologies students will have sound knowledge of the basic concepts of digital technology. They will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as general skills and qualities relevant to key areas of digital-technology-related business.
The aims of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Digital Technologies are:
● to give students the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to achieve high performance in the national and international digital technologies environment
● to develop students with enquiring minds, who have the abilities and confidence to work across different digital technologies functions and to lead, manage, respond to change, and tackle a range of complex digital technologies
● to provide the core skills required for a range of careers in digital technologies, including cyber security, software development, data analytics, networking, animation, software testing, business analysis and change management
● to offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic ambitions
● to develop students’ understanding of the major impact that digital technologies have on the business environment
● to provide insight into digital technology operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a global marketplace
● to equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values
● to allow flexible study to meet local and specialist needs
This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:
Level 4 Year 1
- Unit 1: Professional Practice
- Unit 4: Programming
- Unit 3: Cyber Security
- Unit 10: Database Design and Development
- Unit 2: Innovation and Digital Transformation
- Unit 12: Data Analytics
- Unit 6: Networking in the Cloud
- Unit 5: Big Data and Visualisation
Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.
Further details about this course are available in the course specification (https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-higher-nationals/digital-technologies-2023.html)
The primary way of delivering this programme is in-person, on campus. This includes interactive lectures, workshops, practical sessions and independent study. Some elements of this programme may also be delivered online.
We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.
30 UCAS points
Those who do not have a GCSE in math and English will be required to undertake a pre-entry assessment to ensure suitability for the programme.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will have acquired skills that enable you to consider career paths as a Software Developer, Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Database Developer, Network Engineer or a Systems Technician.
Alternatively, you may wish to progress onto a Top up degree to achieve a full Level 6 BSc.
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.
We also have a range of other financial support available.
Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition, and assessment).
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
- Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may wish to buy your own copies)
- Printing and photocopying
- Trips and enhancement opportunities
- As the programme requires vocational hours within the Mental Health and Wellbeing arena, you may be required to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check if you are not in possession of a current one or registered on the update service.