Access to Higher Education - Computing

OCN Level 3 Diploma in Computing (19+ years)

Location Start Date Day Time Fees Duration
Leamington TBA Thu and Fri TBA * see below 1 Year(s)
Rugby TBA Thu and Fri TBA * see below 1 Year(s)

What will I study?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computing) is a Level 3 qualification which provides HE progression opportunities for adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications.

It is designed for adults
  • seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities
  • have the ability to benefit from higher education but who have not previously had the opportunity to develop their academic skills 
  • have an interest in Computing.

The Diplomas are validated and awarded by OCN London and are recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Learners offered a place on the Access programme will take Subject Specific Modules alongside Academic Study Skills with an additional tutorial each week making a total of 12 hours contact time. A possible 15 hours independent study time per week may be necessary. The programme is fast moving, exciting and demanding with rigorous assessment. It is also highly rewarding and offers a great opportunity to succeed.

When applying for an Access course you are entitled to apply for a Government Loan to cover the cost, this will be written off if you proceed to a Degree programme.

What modules are covered?

The qualification has a credit value of 60 credits. It is a Level 3 qualification, although some units within it may be set at Level 2.

You will study;
  • 45 credits graded at Level 3 in Subject Specific Computing units
  • 15 credits ungraded at Level 2 or Level 3 in Academic Study Skills 
Subject Specific Computing Modules may include;
  • Hardware and Software
  • Computer Networks
  • HTML and CSS Basics
  • Website Design and Creation
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Database Design
  • Database Implementation
  • Statistics
  • Handling Data
  • Spreadsheets and Charts
  • Extended Project
Academic Study Skills may include;
  • Reading and Comprehension of Texts 
  • Report Writing
  • Writing Standard English 
  • Finding and Reading Information
  • Essay Writing 
Module options are changed annually and some options may not be available.

What qualifications will I get?

Access to Higher Education QAA Recognised Diploma

How will I be assessed?

Method(s) Of Study: Taught classes and supported independent study. 

Method Of Assessment: Various assignments which may include essay, presentations, research projects, seen papers and examinations.

What is the entry process?

An interview, plus confirmation of English and Maths grades, followed by enrolment directly onto the Diploma.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum qualifications: Other qualfications, level not known


  • GCSEs grade C in Maths and English, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and interest in IT and Computing

What else do I need to know?

Qualification(s) to be gained: Access to Higher Education QAA recognised Diploma. 

Length of course/Programme: 1 Year 

Days/Hours of Attendance: Days to be confirmed - 12 contact hours per week

English and Maths

English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.

Entry Level / Level 1 and Level 2: We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

Students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.

Level 3 programmes: You will need to meet the course entry requirements specified on the course information above. For the majority of our Level 3 courses, students will need grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths. If this is not specified in the course entry requirement, then you may be able to study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

What can I do after this course?

Career Opportunities: Wide range of degree level courses in higher education followed by careers in for example software development, networking, web development and management etc.

Further Study Opportunities: FdSc Computing

Got a question about this course?

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Course tuition fees are free for UK students under 19yrs.

All students may be charged for materials e.g. equipment, clothing etc.

UK students aged 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees as well as any materials, registration and exam fees. Some adults may be eligible for free tuition. Please contact us for more fee information.

We make every effort to ensure that these course details are accurate. Warwickshire College reserves the right to make alterations. Fees may be indicative at the time of publishing.

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