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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) Ref. 400/0826/5

Online classroom based course with study materials, tutor support and no exam

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9 months, Part-time
Level 3 National Diploma in Computer Science
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) not included in price, and must be purchased separately
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The Access to HE Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification designed to prepare learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (HE). The Diploma provides opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and skills needed to progress to higher education study and also enables learners to develop social and emotional skills such as communication and confidence.


Level 3 National Diploma in Computer Science

Regulated by Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

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To achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) Ref. 400/0826/5 learners must achieve:

  • 45 credits which must be graded, academic subject content at Level 3 only.
  • 15 credits which must be either at Level 2 or Level 3 ungraded (U).

The following are the Unit titles for this Diploma:

  • Computer Systems
  • Managing Software Development
  • Software Design & Development
  • Cyber Security Techniques
  • Database Development
  • Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Networking
  • Research Topic (Computer Science)
  • Designing and Developing a Website
  • Health and Safety when using Computer Equipment (U)
  • Research Project (U)
  • Study Techniques (U)
  • Installing, Configuring & Maintaining Systems (U)

Who is this course for?

Computer Science learners will build skills in professional communication and undertake a research project. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) can be a great milestone towards your career development. Learners who complete and achieve the Access to HE Diploma could progress onto Higher Education courses including Bachelor Degrees, Foundation Degrees, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNC/HND) and Higher Degree Apprenticeships.

The Access to HE Diploma could also support access into employment areas where evidence of study and achievement at level 3 is required. A degree in Computer Science can lead to opportunities with IT consultancies and IT service providers. However, as most businesses rely on computers to function effectively, there are also opportunities within the IT departments of major organisations in sectors such as aerospace and defence, agricultura, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, public and private sectors, retail and telecommunications.


No formal qualifications required - apply now - limited places!

Must be motivated

Must be prepared to follow teachers' instructions

Must have a quiet place to study

Must have a computer with broadband connection

Career path

Students could continue their education (degree) or seek employment in fields such as:

  • Application analyst
  • Applications developer
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Game designer
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Penetration tester
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Web designer
  • Business analyst
  • IT sales professional
  • IT trainer
  • Network engineer
  • Telecommunications researcher

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.