Access to HE Diploma – Computing – September 2022

Start Date: 19 September 2022
Funding information: Free For Eligible 16-18 year olds and First Full L3 for 19-23 year olds. Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

Level 3 Access to Higher Education courses are designed to enable mature learners who have been out of education to gain the qualifications, academic skills and knowledge necessary to progress on to university-level study.

This diploma covers a range of topics designed to allow you to develop skills and knowledge in computing-related professions. You will explore differing aspects of computational technology, including programming, networking and web design. Topics covered will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the key role computer scientists are playing in the development of cutting-edge technology and its varied applications to numerous fields.

The course includes units on computing, mathematics, computer architecture and calculus, in addition to work-based personal development.

Your time on the course will help you to develop key transferable skills for the workplace, such as effective communication, team-working and collaborating, and sourcing and utilising evidence.

Additional units, such as academic writing, sourcing and referencing academic texts, and presenting effectively to a group, will help you to develop key academic skills and prepare you for study at higher education level.

You will have a Personal Tutor who will support you throughout the programme, as well as access to the Higher and Adult Support Coordinator who offers key advice on returning to learning, finances, progression and wellbeing.

Upon successful completion of this Diploma, students will be able to:

  • Understand computational concepts
  • Apply problem solving skills in a computing contexts
  • Demonstrate skills using a variety of software applications
  • Develop core research, referencing and study skills for success in HE

Ultimately, the Access to HE course will prepare you for study at higher education level.

Course Content

To successfully complete the Access to HE Diploma you must achieve a total of 60 credits. These credits will be achieved through completion of the following units:Technical (including)

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Systems Analysis
  • Website Design
  • Networking


Academic Content

  • Research and Referencing
  • Presentation Skills
  • Creating written reports
  • Progression Planning
  • Mathematics

Entry Requirements

You will need a grade C/4 in GCSE English and GCSE Maths.

Enrolment will be subject to an initial progression discussion and, in cases where English and Maths qualifications are not currently held, an initial assessment may be required to determine the most appropriate level of entry.

The Access to Higher Education courses have been designed predominantly for older students returning to education. However, each application will be considered on an individual basis, on the condition you are aged 19 or over by the course start date and hold GCSE grade C/4 or above in English.

Assessment Methods

  • practical assessments
  • written assessments
  • presentations
  • portfolio
  • role play/simulations
  • reports


This course is specifically designed to support progression on to Higher Education courses in computing, such as our own Foundation Degree programme, and similar options at other universities. As this is a validated Level 3 qualification, there are also opportunities for progressing into employment in a range of computing fields and into Higher Level Apprenticeship posts.

The aim of this qualification is to prepare students for progression into higher education subjects including, but not limited to:

  • Computing
  • Networking
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Videogame Development

Please note: students are strongly advised to contact universities prior to commencing this Access to HE Diploma to check the university’s specific entry criteria. The award of a Diploma does not provide guaranteed entry to UK higher education programmes – each university has its own criteria for entry.


£3928.00 incl VAT