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Bradford College

Access to Higher Education – Computing

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
September 2024
Study Mode
David Hockney Building


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. You should also expect to work with others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

  • Computer Science
  • Computing Short Project
  • Operating Systems
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • ICT Essentials
  • Web Design
  • Word Processing Software
  • Applied ICT
  • Presentation Software
  • Research Project (IT Application Skills)
  • Developing Skills for Studying
  • Preparing to Progress
  • ICT – Presentation Software
  • Database Software and Management

Entry to this course requires GCSE English Language and Maths at a grade 4 or C. Level 2 English and Maths will be accepted, please refer to the entry requirements of your University of choice.

You are at least 19 years old on 1st September.

Students aged 18 will be considered in exceptional circumstances and on a case by case basis.

It is your responsibility to check that your Mathematics and English Language qualifications are accepted for the Higher Education Institution course you wish to eventually apply for.

Induction for this course will begin at the start of 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.

£3,928. Additional fees: You may need to have access to a laptop.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: 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 at any time.

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