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Computing Access to Higher Education Diploma level 3 – C0176

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Course Overview

This is an intensive demanding course for adults who do not have formal qualifications but do want to go on to study computing at university. You should have experience of and be enthusiastic about using computers. There will be a variety of assessment methods including practical labs, assignment submissions, group work, individual research, pair work, discussions and flip-learning.

You may apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover fees, and if you go onto complete a higher level qualification the government may write off the loan for this Access course.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

This is a one year level 3 intensive programme that includes 16 modules which cover networks and communications, computer installation and maintenance, programming in a visual environment, information management in the workplace, web page design and production, software skills using Microsoft Office applications, IT for academic study, mathematics for computing and computing skills. You will also have a 1:1 tutorial to target set and support you with your work and assessment planning.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be 19 plus by no later than the 31 August prior to starting the course. You will need to have five or six GCSEs at grade C or above (grade 4/5), including English and maths, depending on the degree course you wish to apply for. It would be preferable if one of the GCSEs is a computer science subject. It is also important to have vocational experience at the beginning of the Access programme. A satisfactory reference will be required.

In order for you to progress on to an undergraduate degree at a British university, it is essential to have achieved a minimum of a grade C in maths and English. It is your responsibility to check the GCSE grade profiles of the universities that you are interested in applying to and to attend a number of university open days.

How you will be assessed

Assessment will be in the form of formative activities and formal assignments

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £3928.00

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

Successful learners are encouraged to progress to university to study Computing at HNC, HND, Degree or Foundation Degree level. There is also the progression route onto our HND programme which in turn provides a progression route to the top up Degree at De Montfort University or other higher education institutions.
Universities require prospective learners to hold a GCSE grade C/4 in both English and maths prior to enrolling onto a degree programme. This course is for learners wishing to access Higher Education only and not primarily intended to lead towards securing employment in the computing field.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be invited to an interview at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then be offered a place on the programme, you need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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