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Access to HE: ICT and Computing

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Key information

Qualification type

Access to HE

Course code


Career Pathway

IT and computing


Level 3


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

With this qualification you can progress to a wide range of computing and ICT degrees at a number of UK universities, in just one year.

Access to HE qualifications are nationally recognised, one-year intensive Level 3 courses designed to prepare adult learners aged 19 or over to study at degree level but who do not currently have the relevant entry requirements or qualifications, or may have been out of education for a period of time and wish to return to education to change career.

If you are planning to progress into a career in ICT or computing, this course will provide you with the diploma, knowledge, specialist skills and confidence to study a related Higher Education course.

Each year, around 95% of our Access to HE students progress to university on completion of their programme, going on to over 100 different universities across many different degrees and disciplines.

The Access to HE Diploma in ICT and Computing gives students the opportunity to progress onto degrees such as Computing, Software Engineering, Business and Computer Science. Career pathways could include; Computer Programmer, Software Engineer, Developer, IT Analyst and Consultant.

What I'll learn

The aim of this course is to prepare students for study at university. Students will receive subject specific study skills, as well as tuition in subjects that are relevant to their chosen degree course.

You will study modules including:

  • Maths
  • Business Studies
  • Computing


How I'll learn

This is a full-time course with 12 hours tuition per week. You will need to make additional time available outside of classes for research and assignment work.

The modules are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all different learning styles. The teaching and learning strategies will include essay and report writing, group work, discussions and presentations.

You will have access to specialist facilities and innovative technology including laboratories with expert technician support, IT suites and computer facilities and the opportunity to purchase discounted laptops through our partnership with Academia.

In the autumn term you will complete your UCAS application, including your personal statement, with the support and guidance of your personal tutor. Offers of places at university are made via the UCAS system.

We also have a dedicated team of study support specialists on hand to give you extra support, if required.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment is made through a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).

Assessments are a mixture of:

  • essays
  • structured questions
  • projects
  • presentations
  • examinations

Although the programme is intensive, it is structured in a way that recognises the pressures on mature learners. Many students successfully balance the programmes with work, family, and childcare commitments.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must be aged 19 or over and have been out of full-time education for a year.

All applicants are required to have a minimum of a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English. You will be invited to complete a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3 and may have the opportunity to retake either a Maths or English GCSE alongside this course.

Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience and this will also be checked at your interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.

There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.

If you don’t meet the entry criteria don’t worry, we have a range of one-year Pre-Access courses available to help you get started.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.