Adult Courses

Access to HE: Computing (Level 3 Diploma)

Course Overview

Entry requirements


  • A working knowledge of Computers, Microsoft Applications and the Windows 10 operating system.
  • Successful completion of initial assessment


  • Basic programming knowledge
  • GCSE Maths & English at Grade 4 (C) or above. (may have to retake GCSE Maths and/or English if grades are not suitable).

Course information

Did you want to go to university but do not have A-levels? Are you a keen IT enthusiast? Are you over 19? If you answered yes to these questions, then this course is for you. Access courses are built for those learners that have been out of education for a while and want to transition to university.

There are a wide range of skills that can be gained from this course including:

  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • A Practical Research Investigation Project for Computing
  • Computer Networks
  • JavaScript
  • Relation Databases
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Systems Analysis
  • Website Design and Development
  • Preparation for Higher Education

By the end of this course, you will have a solid foundation in a range of computing areas that will help you to progress to our newly introduced Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing for England (HTQ) programme comprising of a Level 4 HNC in year 1 and a Level 5 HND in year 2.

You can fund an access course by taking out an advanced learner loan from the government. If you take out a loan for an access course, then complete a university degree course, you will not have to pay your access loan off.

  • Next steps

    Successful learners can apply for job roles such as:

    • Software Developer
    • Software Engineer
    • Web Developer
    • Mobile App Developer

Select your campus option to apply

Dates Schedule Max. fee if paid
Start: 09/09/2024
End: 04/07/2025
Mon to Fri (09:00 - 16:30)

What Can This Course Lead To

Successful learners can progress to other qualifications such as:

  • BSc Computer Science (single honours)
  • BSc Computer Science and Education with Qualified Teacher Status
  • BSc Computing for Business
  • BSc Computing
  • BSc Computing and ICT
  • BSc Computer Science and Mathematics
  • BSc Software Engineering

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