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Computing: Networking HND

(SCQF level 8)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Faculty of Business

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Mode of Study


Start Date

27th Aug 2018, 2 years

27th Aug 2018, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course aims to teach you the skills required to install, configure and maintain computer network infrastructures.  Students gain practical skills and knowledge of current and emerging principles and network technologies with an emphasis on active and participative learning.

Year One builds a solid foundation in networking and routing concepts, ethical hacking and client operating systems, incorporating both Microsoft and Linux platforms.  You will have access to our specialist computing classrooms and networking labs.

Year Two progresses your skills in administering networks, configuring server operating systems and developing security concepts.

The programme integrates learning materials from industry standard vendors, which help prepare you for a variety of optional certification exams such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Microsoft Certifications.  These qualifications are highly sought after by employers. 
After successfully completing this course you will have the skills needed to get an entry level role in IT infrastructure support.   

A large number of HND Networking students progress on to University programmes including 2nd or 3rd year entry in Cyber Security, Ethical Hacking and Networking. 

This course also accepts year two direct entrants.

.This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:


Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Year one entry:
  • Two Highers at Grade C or above in a relevant* subject AND three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including Computing or Information Systems; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 6 in a relevant subject such as Digital Media Computing, Computing: Technical Support or Software Development; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

*relevant subjects include Computing, Information Systems, Mathematics or Physics.

Year two entry:
  • An HNC with relevant options.

Additional selection requirements

You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.

What you study

Year one:
  • Network Technology.
  • Routing Technology.
  • Client Operating Systems.
  • Multi-User Operating Systems.
  • Ethical Hacking.
Year two:
  • Switching Technology.
  • Administering Networks.
  • Server Administration.
  • Open Source Operating Systems.
  • Internetworking Technology.

Optional vendor courses: The CISCO CCNA and the Microsoft MCTIP curricula are partially embedded within this qualification. You're expected to fund the cost of the vendor certification examinations yourself. Vendor qualifications are certificated in addition to the HND award and significantly enhance your employability.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in IT infrastructure support.

Continuing Study

  • Year two of Beng/Beng(Hons) Digital Security, Forensics and Ethical Hacking at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Year three of BSc/BSc(Hons) Cyber Security and Networks at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Year three of BEng(Hons) Networking Systems Engineering at University of the West of Scotland.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    27th Aug 2018, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome