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Access to HE Diploma (Computing)

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The Access to Higher Education (HE) Computing programme is designed to provide an alternative to A Levels or BTEC for mature students wishing to progress to Computing based HE Provision.

The development of practical skills in Computing is a key feature of the programme and you will be expected to undertake a research project to demonstrate application of these skills.


The qualification aims include:

  • To provide HE Progression opportunities for adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, don't have the necessary qualifications.
  • To give learners a general introduction to the basic concepts, methods and key areas of knowledge within the core disciplines taken and offer a coherent and stimulating framework within which they can broaden their intellectual outlook and make connections between subject areas.
  • To help learners to develop and consolidate the various skills required to enable them to cope successfully with the demands of undergraduate study and to become independent, self directed learners.
  • To establish a positive and supportive learning environment within which learners can build their confidence through successful learning and the sharing of their experience.

The units that will be studied include:

  • Understanding relational database software
  • Understanding organisational network security
  • Web page design
  • Information technology systems
  • Internet
  • Communication Skills

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have grades C or grades 4 or above in GCSE Maths and English along with their own computer and internet connection. You will be expected to be involved with external clients who require websites, content management systems and professional databases built to professional standards that will enable you to produce an e-portfolio of work that demonstrates your level of computing to potential employers or universities.

Interview Process

Interview with a specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computing.

How is the course assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used including academic essays, shorter workbook based tasks, exam and skills development tasks including presentations.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Successful applicants can progress onto Higher Education, eventually leading to courses such as BSc (Hons) Applied Computing.


Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 12 hours per week
  • Days: TBC
  • Start Time: TBC
  • End Time: TBC
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: TBC 19 – 24 funding available. 24+ loan available. Contact Advice & Guidance for more information
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professional Manager
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker


  • Level: Access to HE, Level 3
  • Qualification Name: Access to HE Diploma Computing
  • Awarding Body: One Awards

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