Access to HE Diploma in Computing

Access to HE

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Course introduction

If you are aiming to work in computing and IT, then this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue your ideal career.

You will study programming, web development and IT applications, giving you the ideal grounding to take your learning to the next level.

You will also develop the specialist study skills you will need to be successful at university such as academic writing, research and planning.

Once you have completed your Access course you could opt to study subjects such as Cyber Security, Computer Science, Forensic Computing, Computer Networking, Web Development, Information Technology and Software Engineering.

Why choose Brock for Access to HE Diploma in Computing?

At Brock we provide specialist pastoral support to ensure you make an easy transition back into education.

Small class sizes, a focus on study and academic writing skills, and a dedicated Progression Advisor to assist you with your UCAS application, are all part of the Brock support package.

We will also help you build your knowledge and skills, helping you become a more confident self-directed learner who can make the switch to higher education relatively easily.

Teaching & learning

We combine proven teaching methods with a focus on fostering a deep understanding of the subject matter in order to help you reach your learning objectives.

You will engage in a range of learning activities, including: writing essays, delivering presentations, examining case studies and participating class discussions.

In addition, we will encourage you to read around your subject to enhance your understanding and apply your knowledge to unfamiliar situations, helping you become a more independent learner.

Course structure

The qualification comprises 60 credits, all at Level 3. Fifty-four credits are for academic content and six are for study skills.

Here is a breakdown of the study units:

1. Programming

In this unit you will study computer programming (C#), systems analysis and design, and computer systems.

2. Web Development

The Web Development component will enable you to create websites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. You will also study cyber security.

3. IT Applications

This area includes IT application software skills such as creating spreadsheets and word processing. You will also cover the fundamentals of computer hardware, software and networks.

4. Academic Writing

This unit will give you the writing skills you need to perform well at university. It also covers effective research, referencing and essay planning.

5. Study Skills

Picking up effective study skills such as time management and organisation is covered thoroughly by this unit. In addition, Study Skills will help you with your UCAS application and university interviews.

Minimum entry requirements

GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C) or above. Most universities require Maths and English GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above. You should have achieved these grades before starting an Access course. 

Access to Higher Education is aimed solely at students aged 19+ who want to go to university and is accepted by universities for their courses.

How will I be assessed?

  • Coursework
  • Independent research
  • Exams

What can I do with this qualification?

By successfully completing this course you will be eligible to study a degree in Computer Science or a related subject.

In turn, this will open doors to a range of possible careers in areas such as software engineering, digital security, web development, system engineering, network management and IT project management.

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