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Level 3

Access Diploma in Computing


The Access Diploma in Computing is a one-year intensive course designed to give you the knowledge and skills to move into Higher Education. The Computing qualification has been designed to give you an understanding of four broad streams, each of which is taught by a subject specialist.

One suite of units focuses on IT business systems and communication together with using a database application. Another set of units focuses on programming, coding in C#, and designing, creating and testing your programs. You will also learn about the features of user-centred design (UCD) and the application of HCI and UX principles in designing a system.

In Networking, you will learn about different network topologies and data transmission, the security issues surrounding computer systems, applied digital forensics, and the latest developments in technologies.

The final suite of units will provide you with academic skills to prepare you for studying at higher education. You will write a research report on a computing topic of your choice using formal academic voice. You will also study maths and data analysis units to refresh your skills for university, as many Computer Science and Software Engineering courses look for mathematical skills.

The course will seek to develop you as an independent, confident individual and will look to give you the skills to support your progression to degree level.


You must be over 19 on the 1st September and must have a GCSE grade C (Grade 4 or above) in Maths and English Language. You will also be invited to an interview with a course leader, to discuss your individual needs and progression routes.

Universities prefer Access applicants to have gained a reasonable amount of relevant work experience and/or life experience, when they apply for a degree level course.

It is also important to ensure you will realistically be able to manage the course workload alongside any other commitments in your life. Being a mature student is extremely challenging but also highly rewarding if taken up at the right time and with the right plans and support in place. You will need approximately 30 hours per week (term time) to manage the course workload.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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