HNC Digital Technologies

Start Date
Course Course
IT & Computing
City Campus

About this Course

Do you imagine attaining a portable career across the digital technologies industry? Our exciting course equips you with the vital skills required to ensure you can progress to a lucrative and portable career in the rapidly evolving field of cybersecurity and cloud computing. Learn how to mitigate cyber threats, and manage secure cloud environments, crucial in today's digital age for safeguarding businesses, organizations, and personal information.

Key Units

Embark on a transformative journey with our one-year HNC Digital Technologies course, designed to offer a comprehensive blend of diverse experiences, self-discovery, and substantial personal and professional growth opportunities. Throughout this dynamic program, participants can anticipate immersing themselves in an expansive array of subjects, focusing particularly on the specialized domains of cybersecurity and cloud computing.

At the heart of our curriculum lies a commitment to providing a rich and multifaceted learning experience. Through engaging lectures, hands-on projects, and interactive workshops, students are empowered to explore the intricacies of digital technologies in depth. Whether delving into the complexities of cybersecurity protocols or mastering the intricacies of cloud computing systems, learners will develop a robust understanding of these critical domains, equipping themselves with invaluable skills for the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Moreover, our course fosters an environment conducive to self-discovery and growth. Encouraged to push the boundaries of their existing knowledge and skill sets, students have the opportunity to unlock their full potential and cultivate a deeper understanding of their capabilities. Through collaborative projects and peer-to-peer learning, participants cultivate essential teamwork and communication skills, essential for success in today's interconnected world.

Beyond academic enrichment, our program is designed to prepare students for the demands of the contemporary workforce. With a focus on practical application and real-world scenarios, learners gain hands-on experience that directly translates to the workplace. Whether through internships, industry partnerships, or experiential learning opportunities, students are provided with the tools and experiences necessary to excel in their chosen field upon graduation.

Our HNC Digital Technologies course offers far more than mere education; it provides a transformative journey that empowers individuals to thrive in the digital age, fostering both personal and professional development along the way.

Guest lectures, workshops, and field trips to industry and trade events will enrich your learning experience, providing insights into the world of Digital Technologies and connecting you with industry professionals and expectations. You will leave the course armed with the experience, skills, knowledge and confidence to either enter the workforce, or to continue your studies on a Level 5 programme.

Key units
  • Unit 1: Professional Practice in the Digital Economy
  • Unit 2: Innovation and Digital Transformation
  • Unit 3: Cyber Security
  • Unit 4: Programming
  • Unit 5: Big Data and Visualisation
  • Unit 6: Networking in the Cloud
  • Unit 8: Security
  • Unit 9: Networking

Entry Requirements

  • 2 A Levels / BTEC Diploma / Access qualification in a relevant subject
  • Grade C / 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths (or a Level 2 equivalent)
Please note that mature students with relevant experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview prior to an offer being made.


  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Written reports
  • Practical assessments (using hardware and software)

Where does this Lead

Students can progress onto a Level 5 programme such as:

  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Foundation Degree
  • Studying at another Higher Education Institute or university

Future Opportunities

Successful completion of this course could lead to employment at junior level within many areas of the computing industry.

Possible employment areas could include:
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Infosec analyst/Cybersecurity analyst
  • Network security architect
  • Penetration tester/ethical hacker
  • Security software developer
  • Application security engineer
  • Network engineer
  • Programmer

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How to Apply
Please note that applications for this course should be made via UCAS.
Course Application Code: 4R2Q
College Institution Code: S22

Further Information
Additional information about higher education at The Sheffield College can be found here.

The Sheffield College is a registered provider with the Office for Students.

Terms and Conditions
You can find details of all of our policies, procedures and T&Cs here.

Extra Costs

Learning Resources

Students are advised to provide their own removable storage device (USB), minimum of 2GB.

Whilst essential texts are provided on a loan basis, students may wish to purchase their own copies or buy additional texts, which may incur an additional cost of £50-100. 

There may be some extra costs for trips and visits. These are not compulsory and are agreed in advance prior to any trips taking place.

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