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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Computing

Course Information

  • Course Code: RV115
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: Ascentis
  • Study mode: Full Time

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computing) is excellent preparation for people who wish to study Computing or ICT at University level. This course is especially designed for mature students who do not have the necessary academic qualifications to apply for University level study but who wish to study at University level in the future. 

What will I study?

You will study on this programme for 12 hours per week, completing three subjects at Level 3 (the equivalent of A-levels). In addition you will attend a tutorial session where your study skills will be developed and you will receive excellent preparation for University level study with our 'Study Skills' module. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a modular course which involves you studying a combination of units. All units are compulsory and must be completed by all students who wish to achieve this award. 

You will study the following subjects at Level 3:

  • Computing Level 3
  • ICT Level 3
  • Web Design Level 3

All students on the Diploma will then complete the following mandatory units in a weekly tutorial:

  • Study Skills Level 3
  • Further Study Skills Level 3


Entry Requirements

As this is a demanding A-level equivalent programme, you should have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications, including English and Mathematics. You must also have a Level 2 qualification in the subject area. Applicants who do not have recent experience of study but have relevant work or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. If you do not have the relevant qualifications we may refer you to our Adult GCSE Programme.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed by examinations and essays throughout the course. 

What can I do next?

This programme is designed to prepare you for study at Degree level

Career Options

Web Content Manager

A web content manager is responsible for the information that appears on a company's website. They work closely with project teams, editors, developers and designers to coordinate the site content and make sure it caters to the needs of the target audience.

If you have excellent writing skills, are well organised and can motivate a team, there could be opportunities for you in this career.

You will need lots of creative ideas and the ability to work to deadlines.

There is no one way into this job but experience in journalism, IT or marketing may help. Employers will want to see examples of your writing skills from previous paid or voluntary work.

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Web Designer

Web designers use their creative and technical skills to build new websites and redesign existing ones. They can work on any online site from a retailer's catalogue to a company's home page.

If you are interested in computers, and want to combine your IT skills with creative ideas, this job could be ideal for you. You'll need to be able to picture how a site will look, understand how it will work and be able to explain that clearly to the client.

You don't always need qualifications to become a web designer but you will need a good level of technical ability. Previous experience in other types of design work may also be helpful.

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Web Developer

Web developers design, build and maintain websites and web applications to meet their client's needs. Jobs can range from creating a staff intranet for an organisation to building a payment system for an online retailer.

If you want a varied job, can find creative ways to solve problems and have good programming skills, this could be the career for you. You'll also need to be a good teamworker, with the ability to meet deadlines.

Most web developers have qualifications and experience in IT. You can join a graduate training scheme after university or start as a junior developer with a company and work your way up.

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Software Developer

Software developers design, build and test computer systems that help organisations and equipment to work more effectively. Examples of work include information databases, programs that control robotic systems, and cloud and mobile applications.

If you are keen on computing, can pay close attention to detail and enjoy solving problems, this could be an ideal job for you.

For this career, you'll usually need an HND, foundation degree or degree in computing or a related subject. Some companies will put you through a graduate training scheme even if you don't have an IT-related degree. Either way, you will need to be self-motivated and a quick learner.?


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Network Engineer

Network engineers, also known as network administrators, install and maintain the computer systems used by companies and organisations.

If you're interested in computers, good at solving problems and like to keep up to date with developments in technology, this could be a great career for you.

In this job you'll need strong IT skills. You'll also need good communication skills, with the ability to explain complex technical things in a clear way.

You can get into this work through a computing apprenticeship, or by taking a course at college or university. You might also get into this career if you already have experience of working in computer maintenance.

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Network Manager

Network managers oversee the design, installation and administration of computer systems in an organisation.

If you are technically-minded, with good IT skills, and you like solving problems, this could be the job for you.

You will need to be able to communicate well and be able to take decisions. You will also need to show leadership skills when managing projects.

You would usually need relevant experience to get into this type of job, for example as network engineer, IT support technician or general IT manager. You could also do a higher education qualification in computing before looking for work.

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IT Project Manager

IT project managers oversee the planning, development and installation of computer systems to meet their clients’ business needs. They work for all types of organisations from the NHS to government departments.

If you're well organised, good at solving problems and have excellent IT skills, you may find opportunities for a rewarding career in this field.

To get into this job, you'll need experience of working on projects, for example as part of a project support team. Training and qualifications will also help, in particular, PRINCE2 certification.

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IT Trainer

IT trainers design and deliver computer courses. They work in the training departments of large organisations, and for IT training companies, colleges and universities. If you’re interested in IT and like the idea of showing people how to get the most from computers, this could be just the job you’re looking for.

To become an IT trainer, you’ll need knowledge of IT programs and systems. You’ll also need excellent spoken and written communication skills, and the ability to adapt to your learners’ abilities.

You can become an IT trainer in several ways. You’re likely to need qualifications in both IT and training/teaching.

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Forensic Computer Analyst

Forensic computer analysts investigate computer-based crime (cyber crime). If you have an enquiring mind, can interpret data and want a career in IT, this specialist role could be ideal for you.

To do this job you should have good problem solving skills, be able to pay close attention to detail and be able to spot trends in large amounts of information.

To work in this job you will usually need some background experience in IT.

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