Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course Location: Course Type:
September 1 year Level 3 Part-Time - Day Bede Campus Access to Higher Education Apply

What’s it all about?

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma in Computing and Digital Technology is designed to provide mature students with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a degree in computing, information technology, or a related field. This course prepares students for the academic rigor of university-level study, covering a broad spectrum of topics within computing and digital technology.

Computing is a growing industry all over the world. In the North East this is no exception, with career opportunities developing and new businesses re-locating or growing within the region. This course is ideal for anybody who wants to upskill or have a career change to progress into the computing industry whether this be as a programmer, networker, project manager or data analyst.?

You will have the opportunity to access state-of-the-art, industry standard software and equipment to use. Units on this course have been carefully selected to ensure that you are able to develop your knowledge and skills within the computing industry.

You will need 4 GCSE’s at C/4 or above or Level 2 equivalent.? Including GCSE English and GCSE Maths or Level 2 equivalents?

Please be aware students will be considered on a case-by-case basis if the entry requirements are not met.?

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire When you apply for this course will also need to apply for an advanced learner loan to pay for the course. Please visit for more information.

By combining a variety of teaching methods and assessment types, the Access to HE Diploma in Computing and Digital Technology ensures that students gain a thorough understanding of the subject matter and are well-prepared for further education and careers in the field.

On the course students will experience learning through seminars and workshops exploring core concepts, theories, and frameworks in computing and digital technology.

Sessions are interactive in person delivered by skilled professionals either in person or remotely. All students will have the opportunity to gain support through small group and one to one discussion with lecturers and access to digital learning materials, including video tutorials, interactive simulations, and e-books.

Units will be assessed thought the year with ongoing feedback on coursework and projects to help students improve and learn continuously. Assessment methods are varied and include, portfolio, projects, essays,

It is expected that you hold GCSE Maths and English at grades 4 or above, or a Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English qualification. However this can be discussed when invited to interview.

There is no specific placement assigned to this course however if you do want to gain some work experience in the industry this would be encouraged and supported by your lecturers.

You will have the opportunity to attend some virtual events with industry experts. In addition to this you may also have the opportunity to listen and interact with guest speakers.

When studying you will be expected to spend time outside of lessons working on coursework and studying. You will also have access to study areas in college to support your learning and development.

Tuesday and Thursday?Evenings

This course aims to transform students' educational trajectories, opening doors to higher education and career opportunities in computing and digital technology, and empowering them to succeed in a rapidly evolving technological landscape.

Aims of the Access to HE Computing and Digital Technology Course

Course Aims

The Access to HE Computing and Digital Technology course is designed with several key aims in mind:

Prepare for Higher Education: Equip students with the foundational knowledge and academic skills necessary for success in undergraduate computing and digital technology programs.

Bridge Educational Gaps: Provide a pathway for mature students and those without traditional qualifications to access higher education and pursue careers in computing and IT.

Develop Technical Competence: Foster a solid understanding of core computing concepts, programming, web development, networking, and database management.

Enhance Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Cultivate analytical skills and the ability to solve complex problems using logical reasoning and computational thinking.

Promote Lifelong Learning: Encourage a mindset of continuous learning and adaptability to keep pace with the rapid advancements in technology.

Build Confidence and Independence: Develop self-confidence in students’ abilities to undertake higher education studies and professional challenges in the computing field.

Developmental Units

ICT: Advanced Word Processing

Communication: Critical Thinking in Academic Writing

Personal Development: Study Skills

Communication: Presentation Skills

Graded Academic Units


Event Driven Programming

Stop Motion Animation

Database Principles and Design

Interactive Media Industry

Digital Graphics

Web Animation

Principles of Computer Programming

IT Systems Security

Networks and Communication Protocols

Commercial Aspects for Computing:

Website Design and Development

Developing Spreadsheet Applications

Communities and Sharing on the World Wide Web

Maths for Computing: Algorithms, Pseudocode and Trace Tables

Business : Introduction to Marketing

One Awards

This course is a fast track programme and those who enrol will therefore be expected to complete the qualification by July 2021, meaning work inside and outside of college is expected to be able to meet deadlines.

On completion of this course you will have the opportunity to progress onto Higher Education at our college and study our HND or HNC in Computing. If you are aged 19+ and do not currently hold a level 3 qualification and are looking to progress to university or employment in the industry, this is the course for you.

Did you know... Student finance England will 'write off' any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you have completed a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it. The higher education course must be eligible for student finance*

*Information correct as of the 17 November 2020.

What’s next?

Graduates of the Access to HE Diploma in Computing and Digital Technology have diverse opportunities available to them. Whether pursuing further education to deepen their knowledge, entering the workforce to gain practical experience, or engaging in professional development and networking, the diploma serves as a robust foundation for a successful career in the rapidly evolving field of computing and digital technology.

Further Education

Undergraduate Degrees

BSc in Computer Science

BSc in Information Technology

BSc in Software Engineering

BSc in Cybersecurity

BSc in Data Science

BSc in Digital Media and Web Development:

Higher National Diplomas (HNDs)

Careers in

IT Support

Web Development


Digital Marketing

Software Engineering

Network Administration

Database Development

IT Project Development

UX/UI Design

Software Development

Data Science

Cloud Solutions

Information Security

Digital Transformation

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