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

Start date

07 Sep 2020

With this qualification you can progress to a wide range of computing and ICT degrees at a wide range of UK Universities.

This course is designed for 19+ Adults. This qualification will allow you to gain knowledge in a variety of Computing and IT subjects and intend to progress onto higher education, then this is the ideal course for you.

Access courses are designed for those who have been out of education for period of time, or those who have recently completed secondary school but did not gain any Level 3 qualifications.

You should also apply if you gained a Level 2 qualification in a related subject at a college.

What I'll learn

This course consists of the following modules:

  • Computer Systems: Hardware and Software components
  • Computer Systems: Networks and Communications
  • Programming: Introduction to visual programming
  • Programming: Sequential programming concepts
  • Programming: writing modular programmes
  • Spreadsheets
  • Internet Technology
  • Human Resources Management
  • Self-Assessment and Personal Tutorial
  • Leadership
  • Academic Writing
  • Examination Skills
  • Communication: Speaking and Listening
  • Research Project: Methodology
  • Business Structure and the uses of IT in Business


How I'll learn

You will study a variety of practical, engaging modules covering a range of forensic-evidence collection techniques.

In the autumn term, you complete your UCAS application.

Your personal tutor will guide you through this and support you in working on your personal statement. Offers of places at university are made via the UCAS system.


How I'll be assessed

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

Assessments are a mixture of:

  • essays
  • structured questions
  • projects
  • presentations
  • examinations


Entry Requirements

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

No specific qualifications are asked for, however a GCSE grade 4 (C) in English or maths would be beneficial.

You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.

If you are successful at your initial assessment, you will also be invited in for an interview where you will need to bring with you a portfolio of your work to date, demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.

Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience and this will also be checked at 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.


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.