Access to HE Digital Technologies and Computer Science OCNLR Level 3 Diploma

This course will be delivered online.

This Level 3 course is an introduction to Computing across a range of topics including Computer Networking, CyberSecurity, Games Development, Software, Programming, Web Design, Web / Mobile Development, Databases, Word Processing, Systems Analysis, Research Skills, Study Skills and Maths. 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

Please note this version of course has modernised content as of 2020 and is under the diploma title "Access to Higher Education Diploma: Digital Technologies and Computer Science" as follows::

Computer Networks (incorporating CISCO Academy CCNA ITN)
Computer Programming and Coding with Python
Website Design, Creation and Development
Games Development and Visual programming
Database Design and SQL
Word Processing
Study and Research Skills
12 Credits of Maths at Level 3 as an elective option.

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 done. All applicants may also be asked to undertake a screening test in Maths and English.

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 2021.
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 Language and Maths.

First Class Requirements

There will be software required for the modules - tutors will always recommend open source and free software/ educational licenses where possible. You will also receive information of how to access our microsoft 365 academic offer for students.

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.

Regular attendance is essential and will be closely monitored. Students not meeting the attendance requirement will be withdrawn from the course.

Assessment Methods

Learners will be assessed formally through coursework which will be a combination of written work, production of artefacts, presentations, projects, observations etc. This is a level 3 course and all student work is externally moderated by the relevant board.

Further Study Options

You can progress to a BSc Degree course in Computing in a range of prestigious universities including Russell Group universities. Learners have been successful in securing prestigious university places on courses such as Computer Science , CyberSecurity, Games Development, Computer Networking, Artifical Intelligence, Robotics, Software Engineering, Web Development and E-business / E-Entrepreneurship The course also gives employability skills appropriate for entry level work within an IT department as a trainee programmer, IT support technician, web designer/developer or within networking. Some students elect to go onto degree apprenticeships after the course or higher level studies such as HNC/HND. 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.