HND Information Technology candidate information

HND Information Technology

The HND Information Technology facilitates a career in Business Applications using Relational Database Management Systems technology. You might wish to become a Database Administrator, or to act in a supervisory capacity tailoring and or writing scripts to automate aspects of Information Technology Applications for users with less expertise.

This HND will provide you with knowledge and understanding of information technology, and experience in a broad range of industry standard software packages. It covers items from the Adobe CS Suite, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Office Suite. It also has a strong focus on database management, allow you to develop strong skills in this area.

You will also develop your planning, analysis, synthesis, study and research skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

With the HND, employment prospects are wide. The broad, skills-based nature of the course will equip you with abilities sought by employers in many areas: Electronic Publishing; Information Management; Technical Authorship; Publicity and Media; Hardware and Software Support; and E-marketing Assistant and Support.

Holders of the HND can continue their studies and enter Year 3 of degree programmes at a number of universities. You should check with your centre for any progression agreements it might have with individual universities.

Gaining the HND Information Technology will enable you to apply for British Computer Society (BCS) Associate Membership.


As with all SQA qualifications, access is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • HNC Information Technology (entry to second year).
  • Higher or Intermediate 2 Computing or Information Systems.
  • Any two relevant National Courses at Higher together with three standard grade passes at level 3 or above.
  • An SVQ at level 2 or 3 in Information Technology or other relevant area.

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, Vocational Qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable, as would vendor qualifications at an appropriate level, for instance PC Passport or ECDL with Core Skills Units at Intermediate 1 or 2.

You may also be accepted for entry if you have suitable work experience.