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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
6.1 ICT Practitioners
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002530
Price:
£130.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+

Qualification Summary

The Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to IT and product design. 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 CAD and programming as well as 3D design. They will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth. They will study a range of optional units covering electronics, mechanics, understanding manufacturing processes, graphic design and software as well as a unit which explores the impact of robotics within the industry and learners will be able to gain an understanding of the importance of UX design.

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


Why choose this qualification?

The diploma allows learners to undertake study related to IT and product design. 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 CAD and programming as well as 3D design. They will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth. They will study a range of optional units covering electronics, mechanics, understanding manufacturing processes, graphic design and software as well as a unit which explores the impact of robotics within the industry and learners will be able to gain an understanding of the importance of UX design.

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

Units

Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 12 credits from this group.

Engineering Design - CAD

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026955
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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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User Experience (UX)3D Design Project

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU028867
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Graded Research Units

Learners must take a maximum of 6 credits from this group.

IT Project

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU011341
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Research Project for IT - Methodology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026380
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Optional Graded Academic Units

Learners must take 27 credits from this group.

Electronics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU027886
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Graphic Design

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU027881
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Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU028475
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Mathematics for Computing

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026125
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Mechanics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU027888
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Program Testing

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006341
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Relational Database

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014306
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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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Understanding Manufacturing Processes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU027890
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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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Visual Studies 2D

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025820
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Website Design and Production

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026145
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 9 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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Preparation for Higher Education

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

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU011467
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Computer Data Protection

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026150
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Developing Professional Attributes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025278
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Introduction to 3D

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU008279
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Introduction to the Grammar of English

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010767
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Presentation Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018352
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Presenting Information Using ICT

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU027084
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Problem Solving in the Workplace

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018630
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Professional Interpersonal Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025796
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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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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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Writing reports

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026155
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QAA aim code

40010521

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.


Successful completion criteria

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.

Progression Routes

Learners may progress to the following:

BSc (H) Computer Science (single honours)
BSc (H) Computer Science and Education with Qualified Teacher Status
BSc (H) Computing and ICT
BSc (H) Computer Science and Mathematics
BSc (H) Software Engineering
Product Design and Creative Innovation BA (Hons)
Product Design BSc (Hons)
Product Design BA (Hons)
Product Design and Innovation BSc (Hons)
User Experience Design, BSc. (HONS)
User Centred Design (Hons), B.Sc.
User Experience and User Interface (UX and UI) Design, B.A.


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).

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