If you’re a tech-savvy individual who wants to work in the fast-paced world of computing and digital systems but don’t yet meet the entry requirements for higher education, our Access to HE Computing programme will prepare you to continue your studies in Computing and Digital Technologies.
This is a Level 3 Diploma approved by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for adult learners who are returning to study or who left school without the essential qualifications for undergraduate study. You will study a wide range of topics, including programming, network engineering, cyber security and web animation.
This course is specifically designed to prepare mature students for university level study. In 2022-23, 96.5% of students on our Access diplomas secured offers of university places. This compares with a progression rate of just 55.4% across all Access diploma courses in England and Wales.
The course runs for an academic year and you will be in college three days per week for 32 weeks. You will be attending for 13 hours per week (12 hours of lessons and 1 hour of tutorial). You will also need to allow at least 12 hours per week for private study and assignment completion. Approximate times: 9.20am – 3pm (exact times to be confirmed)
This course requires you to have achieved GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C/4 or better before enrolling on the Access Diploma.
In some circumstances, we can accept Functional Skills Numeracy or Literacy level 2 instead of GCSE Maths.
Please note that for some degree courses, you will also need GCSE Science at grade C/4 or better.
If you don’t meet the entry requirements, don’t worry. You can apply for our level 2 pre-Access course which will prepare you for the Access to Higher Education Course. You can also work towards achieving your GCSE Maths and/or English at the same time.
The pathway will run subject to minimum numbers being reached.
What you will Learn
Assessments include essays, practical reports, case studies, open or closed-book examinations and verbal, visual or IT-based presentations. All modules will include an element of time-constrained assessment which will contribute towards the final module grade.
On successful completion you can continue your learning journey to the next level at a wide range of Higher Education providers.
The career opportunities in the computing and digital sector are huge. Cyber-security, Artificial Intelligence, Virtualisation, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, and Mobile Computing are just a few of the rapidly expanding technology concepts that will open-up intriguing and diverse employment paths for you in the future.
Depending on your future degree-level studies some of the roles that this programme will prepare you for include: database analyst, programmer, cyber security professional, network and systems engineer and many others.
TThe career opportunities in the computing and digital sector is huge. Virtualisation, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and mobile computing are just a few of the rapidly expanding technology concepts that will open up intriguing and diverse employment paths for you in the future.
Depending on your future pathways some of the roles that this programme will prepare you for includes: database analyst, programmer, cyber security professional, network and systems engineer and many other opportunities.
Event Driven Programming ICT Systems Lifecycle Database Principles & Design Principles of Computer Programming Computer Systems Architecture Structured Programming Programming Using Objects Communities and Sharing on the Word-Wide Web Developing Spreadsheet Applications Website Design & Development
2. Maths for Computing
Number Systems and Data Representation Matrices Coordinate Geometry Algorithms, Pseudocode & Trace Tables Computer Logic
Applying for HE Report Writing Presentation Skills Study Skills Using Research Skills
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Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.