Where will this course lead?

Our HNC in Networking & Security aims to equip students with the knowledge, technical expertise and professional skills that will enhance their prospects of gaining employment in the field of networking and security, the course will provide them with academic skills to continue their education at postgraduate level.

What will I study?

Module content may vary slightly to reflect current priorities but will cover:

- Networking and Security - there are a range of different aspects of networking from the introducing the fundamentals and applying these skills in routing, developing practical skills in programming, computer architecture and databases.
- All these different aspects provide the basis of networking as it applies to organisations and provides the basis for students to study further and gain a HND in Networking & Security.

The modules are all 20 credits, except the dissertation which is 40 credits.

Year 1 Semester 1 & 2

Programming and Algorithms for Networking

Introduction to Networking and Security

Computer Architecture

Group Project Year 1

Database Design and


Routing and Switching

Year 2 Semester 1

Enterprise Infrastructure

Cloud Computing


It is important to note that all of the modules that are listed above are compulsory, and none are optional.

There will be an exam charge for the Cisco Exams. The price is presently 2017-2018 is £40, but the price is dependent on the external supplier Cisco.

How will this course be delivered?

This is a 18 month part time programme consisting primarily of practical, classroom based, study. On successful completion of this HND you may an apply for the top up to achieve a Bsc(Hons) in Networking & Security Degree.

Each module has different skills and abilities the students to learn, and as such the assessment activities differ to reflect the module demands. The course will use Cloud computing, physical as well as virtual environments.

The course's main aim is on the application of theory in a practical setting with a strong emphasis on developing skills in technical knowledge as well as skill useful for employment such as presentations and team work.

Students will participate in lectures, presentations, demonstrations, tutorials, group seminars and self-directed study.

Global hours for the programme amount to 400 hours per annum, including tutorials and typically includes 15 contact hours per week with the tutor.

What qualifications will I get?

HNC Networking & Security on completion of 160 credits at the appropriate level. (All modules need to be completed Level 4 and 2 modules at Level 5).

How will I be assessed?

Students are mainly assessed by a combination of coursework assignments and practical tasks. The majority of the assessment is individual; however there are requirements within some modules for group activities. The aim of the course is that at the end of each year you demonstrate your learning by resolving practical networking problems that can be resolved as a group projects. This approach allows for reflection of knowledge gained and applies individual experiences within a collaborative team environment.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website www.solihull.ac.uk/apply

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too. https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/student-services

What are the entry requirements?

UCAS entry profiles may be found by searching for the relevant course on the UCAS website, then clicking on Entry profile.

Candidates for admission to the HNC will normally satisfy the College's standard entry qualifications of a Level 3 formal qualification in a related subject area, typical offers would stipulate A levels :DEE, and BTEC: MPP

Other entry requirements may be considered, this would usually be for candidates over 21 with relevant industry experience.

Candidates will be expected to have either GCSE's at grade 4/C or Level 2 Maths and English qualification at time of enrolment.

96 UCAS Tariff points (from appropriate qualifications at Level 3).

National Diploma with a minimum MM profile

Extended Diploma with a minimum MPP profile

3 GCE "A" levels with a DEE profile (at least one should be in a related subject).

In agreement with Northampton,  Access to HE Diploma D15 Credits, M 15 Credits P 15 Credits (overall Merit profile).

Plus GCSE's in Maths and English grade 4 or grade C. Alternative equivalent level 2 qualifications may be accepted such as Functional Skills level 2 Pass.

All students who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English can demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 being awarded on individual sections for level 4 or 5 qualifications.

Other qualifications and combinations of qualifications will be considered and maybe also acceptable - please contact headmissions@solihull.ac.uk 

Additional entry requirements

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have appropriate industry and life experiences will have their prior learning and skills taken into account. Applicants may be required to complete an Aptitude assessment (this will be advised at interview). Entry to the programme is subject to Northampton University approval.

What else do I need to know?

Throughout the programme you will engage in a reflective process identifying new skills that reflect the needs of the FEHQ level. These skills may be academic, or communication or project management skills that will provide you with the confidence to manage the projects and assignment that you undertake.

This course also offers students the opportunity to study additional areas where students are encouraged to work towards vendor specific qualifications within their programme of study, such as Microsoft Qualifications in industry recognised areas such as programming or web design.

Other specialised qualifications may also be studied outside of the main programme such as the CISCO CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry) or CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) awards or Microsoft Vendor qualifications.

If the student requires external certification then these costs are not included in the course fee and information on these costs can be obtained from Cisco or Microsoft directly.

Solihull College and University Centre offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?


You will be need to access the relevant text books, learning resources and provide all basic stationery including pens, pencils, paper, plastic wallets, folders for the production of coursework.


Additional qualifications may be offered during the course at an additional cost to the student.

We suggest budgeting approximately £250 for materials and course material for each academic year of the course.

Have you got a question about this course?

If you have any question regarding the course please contact Dr Alex Gibb


What can I do after this course?

Students may be able to progress onto HND Networking & Security course at the college.


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