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Access to HE Diploma Digital Technology and Computer Science

The Access to HE Diploma Digital Technologies and Computer Science offers adults who are returning to study with a coherent, integrated and supported year of study. Through this they will gain the knowledge, awareness, skills and confidence necessary for successful undergraduate studying in the intended progression routes for this Diploma.

This course is designed to get adults into a range of degree courses in Computing and IT. You will study a range of programming, Website design and games making units designed to give you the skills to change career .

The course aims to provide a balance of essential study skills with specialist subject knowledge to enable the students to be prepared for the academic and practical rigours of undergraduate study in the Digital Technologies and Computer Science field. It must however be noted that the Access to HE Diploma does not provide guaranteed entry to UK Higher Education Institutions.





Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code ACRDTF/RCA/1

    Start Date Monday 16 Sep 2024

    How long is the course? 32 weeks

    What time does the course start? TBC

    What time does the course end? TBC

    When does the course run? Mon, Tue & Wed

    How much does the course cost? Tuition fee £3,022 Certification fee £100 Materials fee £0 = Total fee £3,122

    Is this course eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan? Yes

    Is there a registration fee? Yes

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body OCNLR

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • What will I study and learn?

    This is a brand new qualification with a choice of units which could be adapted according to the size and interests of the group.

    There are two mandatory units which include:

    • Finding and Reading Information (ungraded)
    • An Extended project (graded.

    You will also have to study 4 further Study Skills units which include:

    • Basic Arithmetic Skills
    • Multimedia Presentation
    • Note-taking and Note-making
    • Report Writing

    There are then a whole range of other units which will differ depending on whether your interests lie in;

    • Computer Science such as Computer Architecture and Software Resting
    • Digital Technologies such as Robotics and Cybersecurity,
    • Data bases
    • Data Structures
    • Networking
    • Social Media
    • Programming
    • Web Design

    You will be taught in our specialist classroom with access to a range of computer systems and networking devices. You will need to dedicate several hours outside of the classroom to research and completion of assessments.


How is the course assessed?

The course is assignment based and includes the following modules

  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer games Development
  • Introduction to Robots
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Website Design and Creation
  • Visual Programming
  • Database Implementation

In order the gain the Access to HE Diploma, learners must achieve a total of 60 credits. Of these 60 credits, 45 credits must be achieved at Level 3 from graded subject specific units. Graded units can be awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. The remaining 15 credits must be achieved at Level 2 or Level 3 from study skills units which are ungraded.


  • What are the formal entry requirements?

    Minimum Requirements - GCSE/ Maths and English  and a realistic interest in IT

    However, you do not necessarily need previous qualifications, as we will take your life experience into account. Applicants for this course will be expected to have some business knowledge. Please note that this is a very demanding course, equivalent to an A level programme, so ideally you will have a good level of literacy and numeracy (GCSE grade A-C standard) in order to succeed.

    You will have an initial assessment to assess your suitability for the course. If successful, you will be invited for an interview. If you are not quite ready, we may offer you another course that will prepare you for the Access course.


What can the course lead to?
It is expected that you could progress to a range of Computer Science/ Information Technology related careers across London.We expect to also include Work Experience opportunities. Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Digital Technologies and /  Computer Science. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: Artificial Intelligence / Robotics, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Data Science, Digital Technologies, Games Design, Games Development, Information Systems, Software Engineering and a wide
range of combined and related degree.



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