Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computing)

Delivered at Nelson and Colne College University Centre
Start Date September 2024
Duration 1 Year
Cost Please enquire

** All fees are payable to Nelson and Colne College Group University Centre

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, 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

This is a demanding A-level equivalent programme, you must have GCSE English and maths at Grade A*- C/ 9-4 or equivalent. You will also need to attend an interview and complete application and entry activities.

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.

If you do not have any of these qualifications or are not sure, please get in touch. GCSE and/or Functional Skills Maths and English are available at the College FREE of charge for those without a grade 4 (C).

Please be aware that if your long-term goal is to work within the healthcare professions, it will be necessary to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for your place of employment. If you have a criminal conviction this may exclude you from working in some job roles. Please ensure we are made aware so appropriate advice and guidance can be given.


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