HNC Courses Solihull College - Computer Study

What Is An HNC Course?

HNC stands for Higher National Certificate.  It is a BTEC qualification awarded by Edexcel that is structured as a practical-based course to prepare you for work upon completion or continue studying at a degree level.


What Level Is A HNC Qualification?

An HNC qualification is a level 4 qualification that takes one year to complete or two to four years part-time and is made up of 12-15 credits.  Most HNCs can take you directly onto the second year of a full honour’s degree.


What Is A HNC Equivalent To?

An HNC is the equivalent of completing your first year at university or a Certificate of Higher Education which then enables you to go on to enter a bachelor’s degree in year 2 or complete a HND.


What HNC Courses Are Available?

Here at Solihull College, we offer a wide range of subjects and sectors as an HNC qualification which includes computing, engineering, aerospace, Early Years, Electrical, graphic design, manufacturing, art and design, photography, science, sport, and more.  For more information on each individual HNC click here.


How Is A HNC Assessed?

Throughout your HNC course you will be assessed through numerous practical tasks, written assignments and projects all designed to test your knowledge and demonstrate the skills you have learnt throughout the course as the course focusses more on practical aspects rather than theory, preparing students for their careers over a short period of time.


Why Choose To Study an HNC Course?

Choosing to study an HNC enables you to discover higher education without the cost and fees that come with university. An HNC also enables you to study a subject to see if you like it before deciding whether to take it to a degree level. It is a valued qualification by employers and a respected entry route to many careers.


Why Choose Solihull College For Your HNC Courses?

With a range of colleges and universities out there to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know which institute is best to choose and what makes it different from the rest?  Solihull College offers you the option to discover the world of higher education without the cost of university, offering you affordable excellence to study on your doorstep if you want something closer to home.   We also make our courses flexible to make them accessible to more people, enabling you to fit your studies around work and/or family life if required and cover a wide range of subjects and career avenues.

Our facilities available on our campuses are unmatched in the region with recent investments including an area solely designed for our university-level students at our Blossomfield university centre where students and relax and study in an area away from the hustle and bustle of the college.

Solihull College was also successful in its QAA HE review – demonstrating the high quality of our provision.

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How To Apply For An HNC

To apply for HNC courses you will need to have achieved at least 4 GCSE’s C or above and one A level.

If you require more information to help you decide whether you are choosing the right course for you or have the relevant entry requirements contact our admissions team at or call 0121 678 7000.