Digital Technologies HND - MK College

Digital Technologies HND

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Looking to get your career in digital or tech started? This course is for anyone looking to develop their understanding of Digital Technologies, who wants to develop specialist technical knowledge, and a broad skillset that will help them to find employment.

What will I do?

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.

What’s next?

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.

MK College and the South-Central Institute of Technology (SCIoT) are now partnering with The Open University to produce two new routes to full honours degrees which represent a real cost saving for students.  

You can now study towards your HND (Higher National Diploma), followed by a third top-up year with the open University to achieve a Bachelor or Engineering (Honours) Degree awarded by the University.

Is it for me?

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.


We’re committed to delivering a fair admissions system that admits students of outstanding achievement and potential, irrespective of their background. We understand that academic grades are only one part of the story and look beyond this to get a fuller picture. We invite all applicants to consultation to discuss your ambitions and goals. Before starting this course you are expected to have completed a HNC in Digital Technologies or equivalent.

Course Information

  1. Digital Technologies HND



    30 Sep 2024


    Mon to Fri


    09:00 – 17:00


    South Central IoT – Bletchley

    • FEES

    • 16 – 18

      £6165 Per Year

    • 19 – 23

      £6165 Per Year

    • 24+

      £6165 Per Year

    • Overseas

      £6165 Per Year

More information is available on Fees & Funding for 19 + here and EEA Nationals here.


  • Opportunities to take specialist units in Software & Data, Cloud Networking & Security, Games & Animation.
  • Our curriculum is co-delivered with employers which means you get trained directly by industry professionals.
  • Study a mix of Microsoft certifications as part of your programme.
  • Explore new ways to learn that is supported by our project-based and Lifestyle Learning approaches.


Projects completed as part of the course(s) are based on live briefs from industry employers, ensuring relevant workplace experience and potential job prospects. All our programmes are assignment/coursework based.


At Level 5 entry, total qualification time is estimated at 1,200 hours per academic year, of which 480 hours are guided learning hours. This equates to approx. 15 hours per week taught (face-to-face and e-learning) and 15+ hours per week independent self-study during term time when studied full-time. Part-time options are available.


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.


Providing a team of experienced coaches who have had extensive experience working in the digital sectors industry and academic research.

Drawing on practical knowledge and experience of staff to deliver challenging and demanding learning activities to enhance the student learning experience.

Equipping students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills for roles within the digital profession.

Enabling progression to higher apprenticeship and/or university degree programmes by supporting the development of appropriate academic study.


The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification made up of 240 credits. It is usually studied full time over two years, or part-time over four years. The total qualification time for Higher National Diploma (HND) = 2,400 hours. The total guided learning hours for Higher National Diploma (HND) = 960 hours.

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