Level 3 Access to Computing and ICT

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The Access to HE course is a nationally recognised qualification by the Higher Education Sector and is awarded through the Gateway awarding body. Over the course of the year you will achieve skills at level 2 in Maths and a range of units at Level 3.

You will develop your study skills, and study units in Computing and Information & Technology covering subjects such as Networking, Hardware & Software, IT security and programming. At the end of the year you will undertake a research project. You will also attend tutorials where you will have the opportunity to gain further accreditation in examination skills and portfolio building. Your tutor will assist you in applying to university through UCAS.


Am I right for the course?

The Access to HE Computing and ICT course is designed for those whose primary aim is to progress to university and study for a computing related degree. The course is offered as a one year full time programme.

At least a one year break from education and initial assessment results at Level 2 in English and Maths. In addition an interview with an Access to HE tutor will be required. You must have a GCSE Grade C in English or Maths at entry. You must also be willing to undertake the other as part of the programme as most Universities require grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English for admission.

You will be assessed through a variety of graded assignments at the end of every unit. You will also be required to undertake some assessments in an examination setting. The credits are tracked and accumulate towards the building of a portfolio.

It is recommended that you engage in at least 20 hours of work experience in your chosen field during the year to support your application to university. If you do not hold a GCSE at grade C or above in mathematics or English you will be required to take this in addition to your course.

Oaklands College has a team of experienced and specialist subject staff who have industry experience and deliver the teaching and learning on the programme. In addition there is a dedicated team of personal tutors who will help you develop your study skills and support you in reaching your full academic potential.

What Next?

The course is very popular and an early application is advisable in order to avoid disappointment. You will be required to attend an interview and participate in initial assessments and task.

Successful completion of your chosen course could lead onto a higher level course, university or into employment.

Potential careers:

  • Computer Games Designer
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Interactive Media Designer
  • IT Product Developer
  • IT Trainer
  • Network Manager
  • Software Developer/ Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Support Person
  • Web Designer/ Developer

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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