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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Computer Science

Course Code

OSC1463

This Access to Higher Education Computer Science Diploma is the academic equivalent of three A levels. Earn up to 144 UCAS points and pave a direct route to university, all without the hassle of exams!

  • This course carries the equivalent value of three A levels, providing you with the UCAS points needed to go to university.
  • The diploma is a full level 3 qualification, which can open doors to employment opportunities in sectors that require evidence of achievement at this level.
  • No need to worry about exams; you will be assessed solely through assignments.
  • Study a wide range of topics, from cyber security to website design and more.
  • Your first step towards a rewarding career in the computer science industry.
  • Receive dedicated tutor support from a subject specialist every step of the way.

Course overview

Offering an equivalent value to three A Levels and serving as a direct route to university, the Access to HE Diploma in Computer Science is a widely recognised pathway for anybody looking to change careers or pursue higher education.  

You will study a wide range of subject specific topics, such as cyber security, website design, file management, database applications, and more. Additionally, you will undertake study skills units to develop essential academic skills in writing, research, and study. These skills will not only aid you in the completion of this diploma but will also be invaluable for your future university-level studies. 

As you progress through the course, you’ll earn UCAS points, setting you on track for university admission. Plus, we will provide you with a guide on how to apply to university via the UCAS system. 

This course marks your first step towards an exciting career in website development, computer science, software engineering, and more!

Please note: As this course is popular, spaces fill up quickly. Ensure you enrol as early as possible to secure your spot for the September 2024 intake.

Course Duration

It will take two years to complete this course with a required independent study commitment of 20 hours per week. You will receive an assessment timetable outlining assignment release and deadline dates.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computer Science.

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 19 years old, and you will also need to have a minimum of a grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English will also be considered.

Assessment

There are no exams for this Access to Higher Education course. You will be graded solely through your assessments which include, essays, presentations, and reports.

Course content

Extra info

Entry requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years old to enrol on this course. 
  • You will need to have a minimum of a grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. Copies of your official certificates will be requested as part of the enrolment process before your place is confirmed. Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English will also be considered. 
  • You will need to have access to a laptop or computer and the Internet to complete this course. You will also need to install freely available software to complete certain assignments. Please ensure that your device has the capability to accommodate this. 
  • If there is a particular university course you wish to study after completing this diploma, it is your responsibility to ensure it meets the entry requirements.

Course duration

It will take two years to complete this course. The minimum number of independent study hours you are required to do each week is 20 hours. It is crucial to ensure that you are able to allocate this study time around your other commitments. 

Please note, you will be provided with an assessment timetable which will detail your assignment release and deadline dates. 

Assessment

This Access to Higher Education course doesn’t include any exams. Your will be assessed through assignments including essays, presentations, and reports. 

Your assessments will be distributed on set dates according to the course timetable, with each having a fixed deadline which you must meet.

Unit credits

Your qualification will not be assigned an overall grade. Instead, grading will be based on graded units, with a maximum of 60 credits available to achieve. These grades will correspond to a specific number of UCAS points based on the credit value:

  • Non-graded units will be graded as ‘achieved’ or ‘unachieved’.
  • For graded units, you will receive a pass, merit, distinction, or fail.

Find out more about unit credits, and which units are graded and ungraded here.

Study method

You will study this course via distance learning, offering you the flexibility to study whenever and wherever you choose. Whether it’s from the comfort of your home or any other location of your preference, the choice is entirely yours.  

However, you must ensure that you submit your assignments by the dates outlined in your assessment timetable. Rest assured, tutor support is readily available via email, so help is only a click away. Additionally, you will have access to video mentoring sessions with your tutor for graded units.   

The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:  

Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.  

Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer. 

Course outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computer Science. AIM Group serve as an access validating agency for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. 

With this computer science diploma, you can achieve up to 144 UCAS points depending on the grade you achieve. Find out more about UCAS points here. 

Progression

Once you’ve completed the Access to Higher Education Diploma, you’ll have several options to consider. You could continue your education by pursuing bachelor’s degrees, foundation degrees, higher national certificates/diplomas, or even higher degree apprenticeships. Alternatively, the diploma can open doors to employment opportunities in sectors that require evidence of achievement at level 3. 

This qualification will also prepare you for progression into higher education subjects including, but not limited to: 

  • Computing
  • Networking 
  • Software engineering
  • Software development
  • Web development
  • Computer science
  • Video game development

Please note, it is strongly suggested you contact your prospective universities before beginning the Access to Higher Education Diploma to confirm their specific entry requirements. 

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