Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19 or over and want to study an Access to Higher Education Diploma, a Level 3 -6 Certificate or Diploma, there is help available to fund your course. Find out more by visiting our financial support section. If you successfully go on to complete your degree, then the Access loan will deducted from your student loan.

Computing - Access to Higher Education Diploma


Computing - Access to Higher Education Diploma

About the course

As a learner on this qualification you will be offered a coherent, integrated and supported year of study through which you will gain the knowledge, awareness, skills and confidence necessary for successful undergraduate study in a range of computing related progression routes.

The qualification aims:

  • To provide HE progression opportunities for adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, do not have the necessary qualifications;
  • To give learners a general introduction to the basic concepts, methods, and key areas of knowledge within the computing disciplines taken, and offer a coherent and stimulating framework within which they can broaden their intellectual outlook and make connections between subject areas;
  • To help learners to develop and consolidate the various skills required to enable them to cope successfully with the demands of undergraduate study and to become independent, self-directed learners;
  • To establish a positive and supportive learning environment within which learners can build their confidence through successful learning and the sharing of their experience.

If you successfully complete the qualification you will achieve a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma.

You should have or be working towards GCSE Maths & English at C Grade (Grade 4) or equivalent. An equivalent for example could be - Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English. You will also be invited in to do assessments in Literacy and Maths; if successful you will be invited to interview or given the opportunity to do our intensive pre-access course.

If you do not have Maths and English you must have a firm offer from the university of your choice that they are willing to accept you with just the HE Diploma (as long as you pass our assessments and obtain an offer from us.

You will learn a mixture on computing units that will aid you in your journey to university and career in this ever changing industry.  The Units you will be undertaking are as follows;

Assessment will be a mixture of coursework, presentations, reports, practical and some exam based units so this will help you become more familiar with the types of assessment you will get at university.

The Learners next progress to higher education either with City and Islington or University and study in areas such as: Computer Science, Information Technology, Business and Information Systems Software Engineering or even Games Design.


If you require any further information please visit our awarding body website 

Course information

Start date
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11 September 2017

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
Start date
End date
Lifelong Learning
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
Adults (19+)
Higher Education
How to enrol

How to enrol

We have several easy ways to enrol for a course: you can enrol online or visit a Centre. We explain the process here.

Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19+ there is help available to fund your course. Take a look here.

The Centre for Lifelong Learning

Centre for Lifelong Learning

On the doorstep of Finsbury Park this Centre specialises in adult education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Literacy and Numeracy, IT and Teacher Training.