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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science)

University College Birmingham
1 year
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Program description

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science)

Do you have a strong interest in computing? Want to study this subject at university level, but dont currently meet the entry requirements for a degree? Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) is designed to give adult learners an intensive introduction to this field, as well as boosting your study skills to prepare you for higher education.

The Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 qualification equivalent to A-levels. It is designed for individuals who do not have traditional qualifications or a formal educational background, providing the necessary skill set to progress onto study at university and a subsequent career in a relevant field. As well as enhancing your academic skills, our one-year course lets you explore a range of areas in the field of information technology (IT), including programming and mathematics, web design, networking, cyber security, databases and systems.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Our Access to Higher Education Diploma course has been designed for students who have not had the opportunity to access higher education.

  • Applicants must have at least three years life experience outside of formal education gained since completing compulsory schooling.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of GCSE English Language at grade 3 (grade D) and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent.
  • Applicants will be required to also achieve a Level 2 Numeracy and Level 1 Literacy initial assessment. These assessments will take place on campus for candidates who have been successful at interview.
  • Applicants will also be required to submit a reference from a previous or current employment role.

Additional Information

There may be the opportunity to study GCSE English Language/maths alongside the course as part of your studies.

For applicants who need to retake their maths and English alongside studying the Access to HE Diploma, please note that we cannot guarantee these lectures will fall between 10am and 3pm.

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Program content

Topics you will study

  • Study Techniques
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Cyber Forensics
  • Computer Systems
  • Database Development
  • Networking
  • Installing, Configuring and Maintaining Systems
  • Software Design and Development
  • Event Driving Programming
  • Designing and Developing a Website
  • Network Security
  • Cyber Threats and Legislation

You will be assessed through coursework assignments and projects.

For More informationa about Teaching & Assessment visit University Website

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • Course Duration : 1 year (3-4 days per week)
  • Course Start : September (2021)

Tuition fees

Course fee is £3,384


By completing this Access to HE Diploma, you will be able to take your first step towards a wide variety of industry careers, from software engineer or IT technician to website content manager or database developer. You will also be ready to embark on a range of degree-level courses within the computing sector.

Career opportunities

This course is designed to enable your progression onto higher education. Depending on entry requirements, you could continue onto a degree at University College Birmingham, such as Computing.

With further study, possible future career options open to you include:

  • Network administrator - Average salary: £25,000 - £31,000
  • Systems analyst - Average salary: £30,000 - £40,000
  • IT project manager - Average salary: £32,000 - £50,000
  • IT consultant - Average Salary: £28,000 - £60,000
  • IT support technician - Average salary: £19,000 - £29,000
  • Database developer - Average salary: £34,000 - £48,000

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University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham,...

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It’s crucial you pick a place that feels right for you – and where you will be happy. It needs to be a university that will help you achieve your goals; a place you can trust.

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The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.

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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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