Computing- Access to HE

This course will develop your skills and knowledge in Computing; a field with an exciting range of employment opportunities that require both your practical skillset and your theoretical knowledge.

Access courses are designed to prepare you for university, and the the completion of this Level 3 diploma will give you the qualification required to do so. The course can also be used to support your entry into employment or into an apprenticeship within your chosen sector.

Course Content

The Access to Higher Education courses are designed to develop both your practical and theoretical knowledge in a range of different topics related to your chosen subject area. This includes the development of your study skills, as well as the opportunity to work and study in a collaborative environment across the academic year.

The Computing course will include the following units (subject to change):

Sourcing and Reading Information
Preparing for Higher Education
Website Design and Creation
Website Design (HTML)
Structured Query Language (SQL)
Programming Fundamentals
Database Implementation
Basic Arithmetic
Delivering Seminar Papers
Visual Programming
Data Analysis and Descriptive Statistics
Numerical Methods
Extended Project

You will be required to complete an assignment for each of the above to obtain the diploma. Please read the assessment methods and the entry requirements tab for more information.

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 will also be asked to undertake a screening test in Maths and English. You should be able to write fluently and understand business materials including financial information.

You will be interviewed to assess whether the course is appropriate for you. Access courses are designed for learners aged 19 and above.

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.

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

Completing this course allows you to apply for university degree courses. One big advantage of this course is that you can complete it in a much shorter time than A-levels.

Many students progress onto their chosen field of study at university, with others progressing into employment or into an apprenticeship related to their course of study. In 2023, access learners received offers from a range of universities, including from Sheffield, Bournemouth, St Mary's, Queen Mary's, University of Creative Arts, Greenwich, Ravensbourne, Brunel, Goldsmiths, Exeter, Kingston, Westminster and Portsmouth. For Computing students, fields of study within higher education have included Computer Science, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Cybersecurity, Games Design and Business Management.

Additional Information

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

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