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Unlock your potential in the dynamic world of technology with our HND in Computing course. Gain hands-on experience, develop essential skills, and dive deep into the latest trends in programming, networking, and software development.

Enroll in our HND in Computing program and embark on a journey towards becoming a sought-after professional in the digital age.​

Start Date

(course and enrollment takes place all year long)


Lisbon Campus 
Estoril Campus 
or Online


2 Year
Full Time or Part Time, Higher Education


Place where students can reside while attending the university
€ 3.500/ year


The intern will receive payment for their work during one month period


Enrolment / Renewal fee
- The annual tuition fee is set at €4680. 
- This can be settled in 8 installments.
- For every assignment, there is a charge of €80.
Please note: 
Each HNC and HND course requires a total of 8 assignments to be completed annually.

​Higher National Diploma in Computing

Independence. Lifestyle. Financial rewards.

Prime Technical Institute's premier Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing is the epitome of our marketing vision. We recognize the increasing significance of computing in today's dynamic business landscape, and our program is meticulously designed to empower students with the knowledge and skills to excel in this digital era.

 Through a blend of theoretical concepts and hands-on practical training, we cultivate a new generation of computing professionals who can confidently navigate the complexities of the technological landscape. 

With a focus on innovation, problem-solving, and cutting-edge advancements, our HND in Computing equips students with the expertise to drive digital transformation and make a profound impact in the ever-evolving world of technology. At Prime Technical Institute, we envision our graduates as trailblazers, revolutionizing industries, and shaping the future through their expertise in computing.

Why Choose Computing?

There are several compelling reasons to choose a career in computing:

Limitless Opportunities: Computing offers a vast array of career opportunities in various industries. From software development and data analysis to cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, the field of computing provides endless possibilities for professional growth and specialization.

High Demand: In today's digital age, there is a high demand for skilled computing professionals. Organizations across industries rely on technology to streamline operations, enhance efficiency, and gain a competitive edge. As a result, individuals with expertise in computing are highly sought after by employers.

Job Security: Computing skills are in high demand and are likely to remain relevant in the future. The rapid pace of technological advancements ensures that there will always be a need for professionals who can develop, manage, and secure computer systems and applications.

Lucrative Salaries: Computing careers often come with attractive salary packages. Due to the specialized nature of the field and the demand for skilled professionals, computing roles are frequently associated with competitive salaries and excellent earning potential.

Innovation and Creativity: Computing is a field that fosters innovation and creativity

Course Structure 1st Year 

Level 4 courses come in the form of 1st year of a bachelor's programme or HNC (Higher National Certificate). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 2nd year of bachelor's (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for)

Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing
Requires at least 120 credits = 8 units, each with a value of 15 credits

6 core units, 1 mandatory specialist unit and 1 optional unit
Total qualification time = 1,200 hours

Total guided learning hours = 480 hours

 Units at Level 4

Core Unit Mandatory - Unit credit (15 each unit)

1: Programming
2: Networking
3: Professional Practice
4: Database Design & Development
5: Security
6: Planning a Computing Project
7: Software Development Lifecycles

Optional Units ( 15 credits each optional unit): 
Strategic Information Systems
Management in the Digital Economy
Website Design & Development
Maths for Computing
Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Intelligent Systems


Level 5 courses come in the form of the 2nd year of a bachelor's programmes or an HND (Higher National Diploma). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 3rd year of bachelor's (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for). 

Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing
Requires 240 credits, of which 120 credits are at Level 5 (7 units) and
120 credits are at Level 4 (8 units)
Total qualification time = 2, 400 hours
Total guided learning hours = 960 hours
Mix of core, specialist and optional units, totalling 240 credits
Optional units are selected to make up the remaining credit value
Specialist units can also be selected as optional unitsfor the General pathway,
and for any of the specialist pathways
Only one specialist unit is permitted to be used as optional from any given specialist pathway

Units at Level 5
Mandatory units
Computing Research Project​​
Business Process Support
Discrete Maths
Specialist UnitData Structures & Algorithms
Specialist UnitApplied Programming and Design Principles

Optional units

Applied Analytical Models
Analytical Methods
Systems Analysis & Design
User Experience and Interface Design
Analytic Architecture Design
Network Management
Client/Server Computing Systems
Database Management Systems
Game Design Theory
Games Development
Games Engine & Scripting 


Progression to both higher education and employment in the field of computing is an important aspect for students pursuing a career in this field. Here are some key points regarding progression in computing:

Higher Education:

  1. University Degrees: Many students choose to pursue bachelor's degrees in computer science, software engineering, information technology, or related fields. These programs provide in-depth knowledge and skills in computing and typically span three to four years.

  2. Specializations: Within the computing field, students can choose to specialize in areas such as artificial intelligence, data science, cybersecurity, computer graphics, software development, or networking, depending on their interests and career goals.

  3. Postgraduate Studies: Students can further enhance their knowledge and career prospects by pursuing postgraduate studies such as master's degrees or Ph.D. programs. These advanced degrees offer specialized research opportunities and can lead to higher-level positions in academia, industry research, or leadership roles.


  1. Entry-Level Positions: Graduates in computing can find entry-level positions in various industries, including technology companies, software development firms, financial institutions, healthcare organizations, government agencies, and more. These positions may include software engineer, web developer, data analyst, IT consultant, or network administrator.

  2. Internships and Work Experience: Gaining practical experience through internships, co-op programs, or part-time jobs during studies can significantly enhance employability. These opportunities provide hands-on experience, industry connections, and a chance to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios.

  3. Professional Certifications: Obtaining relevant certifications, such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), can further validate skills and knowledge and increase job prospects in specialized areas.

It is important for students to engage in continuous learning, stay updated with emerging technologies, and participate in relevant industry events or competitions to remain competitive in the ever-evolving field of computing.

Overall, a combination of higher education and practical experience can pave the way for successful progression to both higher education and employment in the field of computing.

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Edith Reina

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Yogesh Kushwaha

Masters in Computer Application