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Bradford College

Access to Higher Education – Computing

Subject Area
Computing & IT
Qualification Gained
ASCENTIS Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computing
Study Level
Access to Higher Education, Adult, Level 3
1 year Full-time
Start Date
Study Mode


The one year Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computing is designed for students over the age of 19 wishing to progress to computing-based Higher Education 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. This pathway may allow progression to degrees such as Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computing, Web Technologies, and Digital Media.

  Key Info

Experiences could include computer science, word processing software, web design and computer systems.

All students attend classes in Computing/ICT, Programming and Study Skills.

The course offers you 60 Credits at Level 3 and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Expect to spend around 15 hours a week for studies outside of your college timetable. You will need to allow this time for assignments, lesson preparation and revision activities. If you have a job, we recommend that you do not work more than 15 hours per week due to the intensity of the Access course. You should also expect to work with others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

You will complete 15 ungraded units such as:

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Preparing to Progress
  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Developing Skills for Studying
  • Presentation Software

You will complete 45 graded units such as:

  • Word Processing Software
  • Computer Science
  • Computing Short Project
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Computer Systems
  • Networking
  • ICT Essentials
  • Web Design
  • Applied ICT
  • Logic & Number Systems
  • Operating Systems

Entry to this course requires GCSE English and Maths.

You are at least 19 years old on 1st September (18 year olds will be accepted by exception / interview).

Induction for this course will begin the week commencing the 19th of September, before beginning on the week commencing the 26th September.

Assessment on Access programmes involves a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports and research investigations.

You will have a combination of 15 ungraded and 45 graded units. For the graded units you will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

In addition to the skills gained in computing, you will also develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and evaluative skills, study skills, interview skills and interpersonal skills. You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto Higher Education and employment. We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide tutorial sessions for university applications.


Course fees are £3485, these fees can be self-funded or you can apply for an Adult Learner Loan to help to fund your studies.

Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service ay any time.



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