Level 3 Access to HE Computing


Our Access to HE courses will prepare you for entry to university. Our courses emphasise the development of learning skills necessary for success in Higher Education such as skills in academic writing, research, and the ability to work independently.

The Access to HE Computing course will help prepare you for higher education. The course will cover key subject areas under the umbrella of Computing giving you an opportunity to develop and find the best area of study for youe specific area of interest..

Course Content - What will I learn?

On the Access to Computing you will complete the following units: Introduction to Computer Systems, Introduction to programming implementation, Maths for Computing, Computer Networks, IT Project, Website Design and Development, Relational Databases, Object-Oriented Programming, Principles of keywords and optimisation, Computer Data Protection, Prep for higher education, Writing Reports, Promoting Wellbeing and Study Skills.


Am I right for the course?

You will have a passion for Computing and a desire to develop your knowledge and skills in this area. You will generally be over 19 years old and have been out of formal education for at least one year.

This pathway is for learners who aspire to progress to university before joining the ever-expanding technology sector , or a related field. The course is one-year full time (normally three or four days a week). Attendance is important in all sessions given the intensive nature of the course. In certain circumstances the college may be able to help with child-care and other costs incurred.

Access to HE is an intensive course and it is important that you understand the commitment. We will ask you to complete initial assessments in English and Maths. We would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you are working at Level 1 in Maths and Level 2 in English (GCSE level). In addition, you will have an interview with one of the course tutors.

Access to HE is an intensive course, and it is important that you understand the commitment. We will ask you to complete initial assessments in English and maths. We would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you are working at Level 1 in maths and Level 2 in English (GCSE level). In addition, you will have an interview with one of the course tutors.

You will need to have GCSEs at grade C/4 or above / Functional skills at Level 2 or above in either Maths or English or international equivalents. You can study a GCSE or Functional Skills in either Maths or English if you do not have the grades. Prospective students should check the entry requirements of their preferred university to ensure the best possible opportunity for progression.

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 Access to Higher Education pathway is designed to help you progress into Higher Education and is widely accepted by most universities. Please check with your chosen university if the Access to HE will give you access to the degree programme of your choice.

Typical progression routes include:

BSc (Hons) Computer Science (single Hons)
BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Education with Qualified Teacher Status
BSc (Hons) Computing for Business
BSc (Hons) Computing
BSc (Hons) Computing and ICTBSc (H) Computer Science and Mathematics
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering

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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Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

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