Access to Higher Education: Computing

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course commences in September for one year. Mode of study is 12 taught hours per week across two days over 36 weeks. Times (9:15 – 4:15pm) 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 (16+ for international students)
  • 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


Last updated: 12th February 2019

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.

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:

Ungraded Level Credit Value
Study Skills 3 6
Maths 2 6
Understanding E-Commerce 3 3
Computer Science Basics 3 6
Introduction to Computer Programming 3 6
Introduction to Web Technologies 3 6
* Introduction to Systems Analysis 3 6
Computer Networks 3 9
Databases 3 6
Introduction to Java Programming 3 6
* Maths for Science and Computing 3 6


*one unit selected from either

How will I be assessed?

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

What equipment will I need?

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

Where will I study?

University Campus Barnsley
Church Street
S70 2AN

What can I do next?

On completion of this course you may be able to progress onto a FdSc Computing course at UCB, other HE provision 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.’

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Advanced Learner Loans

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.



Full Fee Payable

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

Contact the Information Unit

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

Want to join Barnsley Sports Academy and the Sports Village?

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.

Additional Learning Support

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