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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
6.1 ICT Practitioners
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002528
Price:
£135.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+

Qualification Summary

The Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to computing. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes within the sector. Many learners join these types of degrees after following A level study, so the Diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.

Learners will complete mandatory units which cover an introduction to computing and programming as well as maths for computing, which is an important element of any computing programme. They will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth. They will study a range of optional units covering computer systems, networks and software as well as a unit which explores the impact of robotics within the industry.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.

Learners who have followed these routes may need to develop skills in specific areas as well as learning more about subjects in which they have an interest. If the learner has gone straight into employment, they may not have studied at Level 3 and so this Access to HE Diploma will help them to build on existing skills and provide a good grounding for further academic study.


Why choose this qualification?

This Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to computing.  Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes within the sector.  Many learners join these types of degrees after following A level study, so the diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.

Learners will complete mandatory units which cover an introduction to computing and programming as well as maths for computing, which is an important element of any computing programme. They will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth.  They will study a range of optional units covering computer systems, networks and software as well as a unit which explores the impact of robotics within the industry.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.

Learners who have followed these routes may need to develop skills in specific areas as well as learning more about subjects in which they have an interest.  If the learner has gone straight into employment, they may not have studied at Level 3 and so this Access Diploma will help them to build on existing skills and provide a good grounding for further academic study.

Rules of Combination

Learners must complete 45 graded credits at level 3 from 'academic subject content units. Learners must complete 12 Credits from the Mandatory group, a maximum of 6 Credits from the Research Optional group and the remaining 27 Credits must be taken from the Computing Optional unit group.


Units

Graded Research Units

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Research Project for IT - Methodology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026380
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Research: Practical Investigation Project for Computing

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026131
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Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 12 Credits from the Mandatory group.

Introduction to Computer Systems

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026127
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Introduction to Programming Implementation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026123
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Mathematics for Computing

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026125
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Optional Graded Academic Units: Computing

Learners must complete 27 credits from this group.

Algebra and Trigonometry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU019995
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Computer Networks

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026136
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Creating Robots and Control Systems

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026451
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IT Project

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU011341
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JavaScript

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026138
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Mathematics: Algebra, Exponentials and Logarithms

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007424
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Matrices

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007941
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Principles of keywords and optimisation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU016767
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Relational Database

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014306
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Series

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007957
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Software Fundamentals - Object-Oriented Programming

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU011300
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Systems Analysis

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU011302
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Understanding Robots and Control Systems

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026152
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Website Design and Development

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026454
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 15 credits from this group.

Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 9 credits from this group.

Computer Data Protection

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026150
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Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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Writing reports

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026155
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Application of Number - Interpreting and Presenting Information

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007486
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Optimising Examination Performance

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025280
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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Spreadsheets

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU011467
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Study Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018318
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Work Placement

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025609
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QAA aim code

40006347

Target Groups

a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.


Provider approval criteria

Resources and special requirements – computer labs, JavaScript (server). Software to facilitate all modules.


Progression Routes

BSc (Hons) Computer Science (single Hons)

BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Education with Qualified Teacher Status

BSc (Hons) Computing for Business
BSc (Hons) Computing
BSc (Hons) Computing and ICTBSc (H) Computer Science and Mathematics
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering


Progression route entry requirements

Learners will probably require a pass in maths and English at GCSE level or a Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths to progress onto a degree course.


Funding information

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Additional funding information for Access to HE

  • Access to HE is eligible for funding as part of the legal entitlement offer.
  • Access to HE is eligible for funding via Advanced Learner Loans and appears on the Advanced Learner Loans catalogues published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
  • Access to HE Diplomas are designed for adult learners aged 19+ and the ESFA only funds young people on these programmes by exception, as stated in paragraph 149, page 39 of the Funding guidance for young people 2020 to 2021.

We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

The following support materials will help you deliver this qualification.

Access to HE Quick Guides

Information for Access Centres

Access to HE Administration

Assignment briefs

Centres approved to deliver our Access to HE Diplomas can download assignment briefs for a selection of units in this Diploma. Assignment briefs can be downloaded by logging to Prism and locating the relevant unit. More assignment briefs are being added not all units currently have assignment briefs available.

The assignment briefs can be easily adapted to suit your needs. We recommend checking the rules of combination for the Diploma and adapting the brief accordingly.

To provide a flavour of what’s available, you can download the below samples for free:

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