Programme Brief

The Matriculation to the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing and Systems Development provides learners who are CXC / CSEC graduates with the opportunity to pursue a higher level qualification in a Computing discipline by enabling a seamless transfer from Secondary to Post-secondary education.

Graduates of the Matriculation programme will progress directly to Pearson's Higher National Diploma in Computing & Systems Development and then onto the final year of an undergraduate degree in Computing & Information Systems (University of Greenwich).

  • 1 year

To be eligible for entry to the programme applicants must satisfy the following:

  • A minimum of four (4) CSEC passes inclusive of Mathematics, English and a Science subject or any equivalent qualification to that stated above such as from GCE O’Level.


  • Any CXC graduate not meeting the criteria as stated above can be further assessed by a senior course administrator and the Academic Head of the programme to ensure suitability for the programme.
  • Students will be asked to complete a diagnostic test at the start of their studies to determine their current strengths and weaknesses in terms of higher education study skills.


In order to register, you must provide evidence of your entry qualifications by presenting:

  • Original certificates along with 3 copies or
  • A detailed Resume and/or Job Letter where applicable.

Once the entry requirements are satisfied the following is completed:

  • An SBCS Registration Form

Candidates who do not meet these entry requirements will be considered on an individual basis.

Aims and Objectives

The main aims of the Matriculation to the HND in Computing and Systems Development are:

  • To expose students to a work based experience via a blend of vocational and academic learning experience
  • To produce a graduate with the requisite skills, knowledge, understanding and personal attributes so as to continue their professional development and further their study in a computing discipline
  • To produce a graduate that can communicate effectively in the work place
  • To ensure that graduates understand the structures and objectives of their discipline
  • Establish a foundation for career development in Computing for all graduates of this programme
  • To stimulate intellectual curiosity and encourage independent thinking in our graduates
  • To ensure graduates are confident to recognize and create opportunities when the situation arises
  • To produce graduates who can make use of current information and communication technologies
  • To produce graduates who can work in teams and at the same time demonstrate individuality and originality


This course will be assessed by a combination of practical assignments and examinations.

Professional Recognition

This programme is approved by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago, and by Pearson (UK) for direct entry into their Higher National Diplomas.

Programme Content

This programme will be offered full time and part time and consists of six (6) compulsory units:

  • Computer Hardware & Networks
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Problem Solving
  • Website Design
  • Computing & Data Analysis
  • Computer Programming