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Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computing Level 3


One Year full time



Candidates will study 15 hours a week, timetabled over 3 days, for a duration of 34 weeks. The day will start at 9.30 am and finish at 3.00 pm.


Course description

The aims of this qualification are to meet the needs of candidates who want to enter Higher Education in a computing/ ICT related subject. It will prepare successful learners for progression to HND or Degree programmes.


Course Structure

The course covers web design, multimedia, computer components, programming, information systems, database design, spreadsheet models, study skills and communications and number key skills.


Course Assessment

Assessment takes place throughout the year with a series of assignments. There are regular tutorials to check progress and give feedback. 


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a level 2 qualification in English and maths (GCSE C or above preferred) with the exception of mitigating evidence, subject to the approval of the Assistant Director. It is also preferred that applicants should have had a year out of full time education.

Please make sure you bring copies of your existing qualifications with you to the interview.


Recruitment onto Access courses is a four stage process which begins following receipt of your application.


This process will be used to provide individual guidance onto an appropriate level / route of study:


  • Stage One: Skills Review (maths and English).
  • Stage Two: Diagnostic Assessment (A more in-depth maths and English assessment).
  • Stage Three: Interview- this is an informal interview with the course tutor to ensure the Access course will meet your progression requirements.
  • Stage Four: Taster Session – This is a one day exercise where candidates are given a task to do and acceptance on the course will depend on how well they perform the task. The main elements of the task are research and writing up findings.


Failure to attend any one of these stages could impact on your chances of securing a place.


In preparation for achieving the level three Access to HE Diploma in Computing by the fastest route possible you should consider the following:

  • Specific University entry requirements such as GCSEs or national qualifications.


Or why not consider doing our Stepping up to Access course which can include GCSEs in Maths, English and much more.


Course Fees

24+ Advanced Learning Loans - Loans to cover course fees may be available for learners over the age of 24. For further information, see our Financial Support pages or


Course Enrichment

Students will study English and Maths Functional Skills at level 2.


Course Progression

Students can progress to HND, Degree or Foundation Degrees in a related subject area.


Course Career Prospects

After completing a HE course there will be opportunities to gain employment in ICT. Examples of potential careers include Applications Developer, IT Consultant, Web Designer, Network/Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, Games Developer.


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If you are unsure about your career progression please contact the Careers Team


For Specific Course Information Contact

Pam Gascoigne, 01302 553928 or email


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