Tameside College


Level 3 Access to HE Computing

This course will provide you with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience that will help prepare you for higher education in a computing related field.

It will include the basic theories and applications of computing alongside a good understanding of computer hardware and software systems, with the everyday skills needed for working on computer-based projects.

You will cover various modules including:

Computer Architecture

Software Design and Development

Website Design

Advanced Spreadsheets and Databases

In addition you will develop a range of supportive modules designed to prepare you for university such as:

Essential study skills

Research and Evaluation

Mathematics for Computing

This is a vocational course where students are assessed via individual and group work, presentations, written assignments, video evidence, mini projects, research, case studies, practical demonstrations and observations.

It is estimated that by the time you complete your studies at college, the UK will be on the brink of a massive skills shortage for people with computing and digital skills. As such you will be in the ideal position to access higher education and new career pathways with a high demand. There was never a better time to get into computing!

Part Time

Students will have access to a fully equipped suite of high specification computers with the latest IT equipment and up to date Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) - LearningBox.

The majority of assessment is by course work based on practical and written assignments which require application of knowledge to practical real-world case studies.

The minimum entry requirement is 5 GCSE passes at grade A* - C (including at least one of mathematics or English) or a Merit in BTEC Level 2 qualification in a computing or IT related field.

If you do not have these qualifications, but do have considerable work related experience in the area you may still be eligible.

The normal progression route for this course is onto a higher education programme such as our HND in Computing or a first degree at university. Our tutors will be working with you to support and advise on the best pathways to follow based on your personal goals.

On successful completion of the course you will have various opportunities in the area of computing including Computer Programming, Systems Analysis, and Design and Management. In addition to specialist careers, there is a wide range of opportunities in business where in-depth knowledge of computer systems is a valuable asset.

£3928 (May qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan)

If you are aged between 19-23 and you don’t have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels, tuition fees will be waived. If aged 19 or over and do have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels at the start of the course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learning loan.

Learners who take out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for an Access to HE course and subsequently complete a Higher Education course may not have to pay back their Advanced Learner Loan.

Course Code:
Access To Higher Education
Beaufort Road
32 Weeks
Tuesday & Thursday
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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