Access to HE Creative and Digital Media

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Creative and Digital Media) is an intensive 1 year Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university,degree apprenticeships or for employability. Learners can also use this content to develop their own business.

Learners progress to Higher Education or Degree Apprenticeships in areas related to Creative and Digital Media. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study:

Film, Animation, Graphic Design, Media Studies, Games Design, 3D, Web Design or Mobile Apps Design

The course will also help you to improve your writing, ICT and numeracy skills and give you access to a range of University courses. You will receive an Access to HE Diploma on completion of this course with a minimum of 60 credits.

Access courses are designed to enable people aged 19+ to gain a qualification which is accepted by universities as an alternative to A Levels. Access courses are delivered over one year as opposed to the two years required for A Levels. An access course is therefore ideal for anyone who left school without formal qualifications, or for people who wish to change career without having to do two years of A levels.

Course Content

The course consist of a series of specific creative and digital media modules:

Visual Language
Digital Imaging with Adobe Photoshop
Photography Practice Project
Digital Design Development and Vector Graphics
Website Design and Creation with Adobe Dreamweaver
Make Video, Sound for Film and video and Digital editing
Portfolio Development and Presentation
Exhibiting your work

In addition there are a range of study skills units which will form part of the Maths and English content on the course and also provide you with the learning skills which are important in preparing for higher level study. These include research, essay writing, preparation for higher education, note taking and notemaking and presentation skills

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

For your application to be considered you must be 18 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date

You should have a grade C or above at GCSE English and Maths gained within the last five years. If you do not have this you may still apply and provide evidence of any other qualifications you have completed. All applicants will also be asked to undertake a screening test in Maths and English. At interview you may be asked to show examples of past creative production work and your competence with IT skills to at least a Level 2 standard or equivalent.

You will be interviewed to assess whether the course is appropriate for you. Access courses are designed for learners aged 19 and above. Learners must be aged 19 and over on the 31st August 2018.
However, we may consider applications from applicants aged 18, according to individual circumstances. In this case, you would be required to undertake a full time study programme in the same way as in a school or college setting. A study programme includes the core access qualification plus relevant work experience, tutorial sessions and enrichment activities. Younger applicants must also have achieved GCSE grade C (or grade 4) in both English and Maths

First Class Requirements

Notepad, pen & folder for notes, USB stick

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is needed to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully.

Every 6 weeks all learners will be given a formal tutorial at which your continuation, progress and attendance will be reviewed.

Assessment Methods

You will be continually assessed and the main assessment method is coursework, there will also be some assessment through reviewing case studies, preparing reports and projects.

The access course is a very intensive course and the demand on learners to meet assessment targets is high. There are approximately 20 assignments to be included in your final portfolio of evidence. As a consequence you will be expected to meet our requirements for regular attendance and meet assessment deadlines. Failure to do so could end in your withdrawal after six weeks.

Further Study Options

You can progress to a BA/BSc Degree course in Digital Media Production, Creative technologies or specialist areas such as Film and Broadcast Production, Photography, Animation, 3D ,Graphic Design ,Media Studies ,Games Design or Web Design. The course also gives employability skills appropriate for degree apprenticeships or junior roles within a digital media department. International students are encouraged to apply early.

Additional Information

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email You can also make an appointment for further information or tutor approval on our Open Days.

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.