Diploma in
Access to HE (Computing, Programming and Web Development)

Delivered at Nelson and Colne College University Centre
Start Date September 2022
Duration 41 Weeks
Cost Please enquire

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

Course overview

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification that prepares 19+ students who are returning to education or who left school without the qualifications needed to progress to university.

The Access to HE Diploma (Computing) is ideal for those who want to progress on to a degree or other higher education programme in a wide range of computing related subjects.

What will I learn

Database Software, Event Driven Programming, Networking, Cyber Security and Academic Development and Study Skills

Besides subject knowledge, academic research and writing skills are crucial in helping you with your assignments on the Access to HE Diploma as well as preparing you for your future studies at higher levels. This subject will help you to identify your own skills and those required to progress to a degree and/ or future employment. We will support you with your UCAS application and prepare you for interviews.

How will the courses be assessed?

You are expected to attend all timetabled classes (2.5 days per week) and in addition you required to do some independent study. Sessions are taking place in regular classrooms, and computer rooms. There will be some ‘live’ on-line teaching and learning depending on the subjects.

Entry requirements

You should have GCSE/ Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English in place before beginning the course. On occasion, we may consider applicants without Maths or English as long as they are willing to work towards them alongside the Access to HE Diploma.

Please note, some universities require specific GCSE/ Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications and grades. It is a good idea to check with your chosen universities before beginning the Access to HE Diploma.


Students on this pathway typically progress on to degrees and other higher education programmes in the fields of Computing. Whilst you can apply elsewhere, Nelson and Colne College Group have an exciting offer for those who desire to study local. These include: HNC & HND Computing, FdSc Computer Programming, HNC & FdA Creative Digital Media