Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computing Level
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.
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.
The course covers web design, multimedia,
computer components, programming, information systems, database
design, spreadsheet models, study skills and communications and
number key skills.
Assessment takes place throughout the year
with a series of assignments. There are regular tutorials to check
progress and give feedback.
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
- 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
Or why not consider doing our Stepping
up to Access course which can include GCSEs in Maths, English
and much more.
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 https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/overview
Students will study English and Maths
Functional Skills at level 2.
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 email@example.com
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