Computing, Games and IT

Access to Higher Education: Computing Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course commences in September 2020 for one year. You will study for 12 hours per week, 9.15am-4.15pm, across two days, over 36 weeks. You will also be required to self-study for a minimum of 12 hours a week.

Entry requirements

  • This course is designed for students aged 19 and over.
  • GCSE English and maths at grade C or above or equivalent qualifications are required.
  • Students will take part in an interview prior to being enrolled onto the programme.
  • A serious commitment and mature approach to learning and study.

You will achieve

 Access to HE Diploma in Computing


Course overview

The Access to Higher Education Diploma will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to prepare you for higher education study or employment. It  is a qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

The qualification aims to:

  • Prepare adults who do not have the necessary specialist qualifications to enter university.
  • Offer a general introduction to study skills and key areas of knowledge within computing.
  • Help you to prepare them for the demands of university.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Computing is designed for students over the age of 19 wishing to progress to computing-based Higher Education provision. The development of practical skills in Computing is a key feature of the programme and you will be expected to undertake a research project to demonstrate application of these skills. This pathway may allow progression to degrees such as Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computing, Web Technologies, and Digital Media.

This course will provide you with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience that will help prepare you for higher education in a computing related field.

Course content

The Access to HE Diploma will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to prepare for HE study or employment. You will study the following modules:

UngradedLevelCredit Value
Study Skills36
Understanding E-Commerce33
Computer Science Basics36
Introduction to Computer Programming36
Introduction to Web Technologies36
* Introduction to Systems Analysis36
Computer Networks39
Introduction to Java Programming36
* Maths for Science and Computing36


*one unit selected from either

The course involves practical and research activities, assignments, essays, projects, presentations and reports, as well as building a portfolio for study skills.

You will need to provide your own writing materials, paper, memory stick and ring binders. A calculator and dictionary are also desirable.

Church Street Campus
Church Street
S70 2AN

On completion of this course you may be able to progress onto a computing Higher Education course or other FE courses of study. Career pathways could include: IT Analyst, Business IT Consultant, Web Developer, Computer Programmer or IT Technician to name a few.


How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £2,995  

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



If you’re undertaking an Access to Higher Education (HE) course and then go on to complete an HE qualification, the outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off, once you have fully completed both courses, without taking any gap years.

If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Access to Higher Education: Computing Level 3 Full-time

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