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Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science), Level 3

Course overview

Our Access to HE (Computer Science) is an advanced qualification that mixes theory with practical study to give you the best head start in the industry. With our diploma, you will be ready to progress to further study or begin work as an IT professional!

Our diploma will help you to develop a range of skills and techniques in IT from basic knowledge of computer systems to a more advanced understanding of programming, technical support and repair. You will learn how a computer works, how to design and maintain networks, and how companies use information systems to store and use data. You will have the opportunity to design your own software, develop your own website and understand the principles of computer science. You will also have the chance to improve your employability skills by working on your communication skills and interview techniques.

Entry requirements

Ideally you will have either GCSE English or maths at grade C or above but alternative qualifications are considered, including our own Access Foundation course. You will also be asked to attend an interview where you will have the opportunity to discuss your options and decide on the most suitable course.

Course Modules

Course modules will include:
- Creative computing
- Computer animation
- Computer games development
- Computer systems
- Event driven programming
- Software design & development
- Networking: including network security
- Service management: including desktop support
- Academic study skills

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including essays, exams, seminars and reports.

What can I do next

You can progress onto a broad range of academic and vocational higher education courses, including; HND in Computing: security or app development or network engineering; degrees in computer science, engineering or software development. Alternatively you can take up employment as an IT professional.