This Access to Computing Diploma is a one year Level 3 intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education. This pathway enables you to develop technical and professional skills to prepare you for the challenges of a computing discipline on your chosen higher education course.
This is a one year intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education.
GCSE English and maths is desirable; however, we may consider candidates without these qualifications, depending on an English and maths entry test, where you will need to demonstrate English and maths skills at Level 2, in addition to interviewing successfully.
It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would eventually like to apply to. You will often need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE part-time courses, which you can enrol on alongside your Access course to gain these qualifications. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.
Course contentOn this course you will study a variety of units including database design, programming, hardware and software, networking and mathematics for computing. You will develop self confidence in your ability to learn and develop the necessary academic skills such as essay writing and research skills to prepare you for university.
You will study:
Database Design & Construction
Computing & Society
Introduction to Programming
Designing and Authoring a Website
Hardware & Software
Computers & Society
From bytes to Buses
Information Communication Technology
Study Skills (Essay Writing & Communication Skills)
Research Project (IAS)
NB Units are subject to change.
During the course you will meet a range of guest speakers from a variety of related organisations. You will also be invited to progression events to higher education at college and at local universities. To enable you to be successful on the course you will need to be able to use IT to produce essays, reports, presentations and statistical data. You may also be able to study towards a GCSE in either Maths or English.
Assessment will be continuous throughout the course and will involve a variety of methods such as essays, presentations, projects and examinations.
Access to HE Diploma
Further study and career options
This course is designed for progression to higher education and we offer two different university level courses at college, one in Computing & Systems Development and the other in IT Networking & Security. Both of these routes have direct progression to a final top-up year at university. Other routes may be available to you at universities locally and nationally.
Additional informationYou will be required to attend College for three days a week (timetable to be confirmed) and you will also be expected to study for approximately 15 hours a week outside of College. You may need to purchase books relating to the course.
Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment). Once we’ve processed your application you will be contacted by email.
If you are aged 16-18, this course is not funded and costs £3,928. Alternatively we offer BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds. If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans
Course information & how to book
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Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (please note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment).