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HNC Digital Technologies (Higher Technical Qualification) – Data Analytics PT

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. 

Aims of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Certificate in Digital Technologies: 

The Level 5 units give students the opportunity to specialise in a digital-technology-related occupational area and to progress to degree-level study. The units prepare students to move on to specific areas of digital technologies at Level 6 or to enter employment with the qualities and abilities necessary for roles that require personal responsibility and decision making.

Students will be able to develop and apply their own ideas to their studies, to deal with uncertainty and complexity, to explore solutions, demonstrate critical evaluation and use both theory and practice in a wide range of digital technology situations.

After studying a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Digital Technologies students will have a sound understanding of the principles in their area of specialist study and will know how to apply those principles more widely in the area of digital technologies. They will be able to perform effectively in their specialist area. 

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 4

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Awarding Body


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This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:

Level 4 Year 1

Semester A

Core Mandatory   

  • Unit 1: Professional Practice

Specialist Mandatory   

  • Unit 4: Programming
  • Unit 3: Cyber Security
  • Unit 10: Database Design and Development

Semester B

Core Mandatory   

  • Unit 2: Innovation and Digital Transformation

Specialist Mandatory   

  • Unit 12: Data Analytics
  • Unit 6: Networking in the Cloud
  • Unit 5: Big Data and Visualisation

Level 5 Year 2

Semester A

Core Mandatory   

  • Unit 19: Business Intelligence
  • Unit 20: Internet of Things


  • Unit 22: Work-Based Learning in the Digital Economy

Specialist Mandatory   

  • Unit 29: Applied Analytical Models

Semester B

Core Mandatory   

  • Unit 21: Emerging Technologies

Specialist Mandatory   

  • Unit 30: Business Information Technology
  • Unit 28: Risk Analysis and Systems Testing


  • Unit 41: Digital Sustainability

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.

Financial Support

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.

Course Fees



Additional Costs

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.


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