Level 3 Access to Higher Education (Computer Science)
The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computing enables you to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. It prepares you to study at university and is also widely recognised by employers.
This diploma is designed for adult learners who have either left school without the usual qualifications such as A Levels, have gone on to employment and want a career change or want to develop new skills to take them to university.
The hours of study consist of 11 mandatory class contact hours per week, plus commitment to a recommended 10 hours of self-study outside of class times. Your timetable will require you to attend classes in college 2 days per week.
You will study a range of modules that will make up 45 credits.
- Mobile Computing
- Network Security
- Website Development
- Software Design and Development
- Event Driven Programming
In addition to the 45 credits, a further 15 credits will be ungraded. This will compromise of 6 credits from study skills and a further 9 credits from core modules.
You will be assessed via a range of methods including essays, reports, presentations, projects and examinations.
Upon successful completion of the course, you can progress to university to study subjects such as Computer Science, Computer Graphics and many others.
As the Access courses involves a good deal of academic writing, it is required that you have a good level of English before you begin. You will attend an interview with a member of the teaching team.
You will also need to hold an
• English GCSE grade 4 (C) or Functional Skills Level 2
• Maths GCSE grade 4 (C) or Functional Skills Level 2
If the above maths criteria cannot be met, you will be asked to complete a screening test at interview to determine the appropriate level.
For 19-23 year olds the course is free if you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification. Otherwise the following fees will apply: Course fee: £3,022; Exam fee: £94
19+ learners may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of the course (and are advised to apply as soon as they are accepted on the course).
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The decisions on applications for HE candidates are made by curriculum staff after interview, audition or portfolio review have taken place.
We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.
Fees and funding
If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.
From entry-level qualifications, through to degree-level and specialist professional courses there’s something here for students with little or no formal education right up to career high-flyers. Expect a vibrant environment where you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.