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This unit introduces students to the underpinning services required to host, manage and access a secure website before introducing and exploring the methods used by designers and developers to blend back-end technologies (server-side) with frontend technologies (client-side). 

This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). 

The aim of this unit is to provide students with wider background knowledge of computer networking essentials, how they operate, protocols, standards, security considerations and the prototypes associated with a range of networking technologies.

Learners taking this unit will explore the principles supporting any network infrastructure system, design a solution for a given networked environment as well as implement and test the solution. This unit links to all networking and systems support units and offers learners the opportunity to build a complex network system.

This unit provides a foundation for good practice in a variety of contexts. The ability to communicate effectively using different tools and mediums will ensure that practical, research, design, reporting and presentation tasks are undertaken professionally and in accordance with various communication conventions.


The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the concepts of web applications and apply the skills to develop and test web applications using server-side technologies.

The internet has emerged as a dominating area of IT development. The ever-expanding applications within the global community that communicates, trades and exchanges information(seamlessly) has meant that the Internet and its associated technologies is a rapidly growing and changing area that requires in-depth knowledge as well as a wide range of skills.

Learners will understand the concepts of web-based applications using one or more different server-side scripting languages, such as ASP, JSP and PHP. Many web-based systems also include database systems, which enables data to be processed dynamically. Learners will gain
experience of developing web-enabled database systems, using SQL statements combined with server-side scripts to manage the process of information.


The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) provides a fresh, alternative pathway to tertiary education. While serving the same interests as a traditional pathway it also differs in significant ways, with a strong focus on students being able to continuously demonstrate competencies, using assessments with a very strong   practical, contemporary and vocational character.


This unit introduces students to the core concepts of programming with an introduction to algorithms and the characteristics of programming paradigms.

This unit provides a foundation for good practice in a variety of contexts. The ability to communicate effectively using different tools and mediums will ensure that practical, research, design, reporting and presentation tasks are undertaken professionally and in accordance with various communication conventions.

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