Why choose this college course?
- RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – This Access to Higher Education Diploma will give you a nationally-recognised qualification to help meet the entry requirements for university
- BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Gain the necessary study skills and key knowledge for your chosen subject or career, as well as the independent learning skills needed for university study
- GREAT LEARNING SUPPORT – Enjoy a positive and supportive learning experience that will develop your skills and confidence to progress onto higher education
- MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Continue your learning journey to the next level at University College Birmingham, such as on our computing degree
Students on our computing and ICT courses at University College Birmingham have access to new computer labs on campus, as well as our new Digital Creative Studio featuring industry-standard media equipment.
Based in Camden House, our new Digital Creative Studio houses a dedicated teaching lab complete with high-spec computers and industry-standard media technology, including Adobe Creative Cloud software
The Digital Creative Studio features state-of-the-art video and audio production facilities, including a video production studio with 4K cameras and green screen technology
Our Digital Creative Studio also hosts audio podcasting, vision mixing and editing facilities, as well as a creative media and design lab with graphics tablets
Topics you will study
- Study Techniques
- Mathematics for Computing
- Cyber Forensics
- Computer Systems
- Database Development
- Installing, Configuring and Maintaining Systems
- Software Design and Development
- Event Driving Programming
- Designing and Developing a Website
- Network Security
- Cyber Threats and Legislation
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.
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 course, please note that we cannot guarantee these lectures will fall between 10am and 3pm.
Teaching and assessment
You will be assessed through coursework assignments and projects.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
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Access to Higher Education
Accreditations, endorsements and partnerships
University College Birmingham works with a wide range of organisations to ensure you receive the best possible training and qualifications recognised by industry.
The Access to HE Diploma in Computer Science is a fantastic opportunity to help you achieve the career you’ve always dreamed of. By completing this course, you can progress towards a wide range of careers in the industry or move onto studying a degree in this field.
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:
Average salary: £25,000 – £31,000
Average salary: £30,000 – £40,000
IT project manager
Average salary: £32,000 – £50,000
Average Salary: £28,000 – £60,000
IT support technician
Average salary: £19,000 – £29,000
Average salary: £34,000 – £48,000
Note: The example roles and salaries are intended as a guide only.
We are here to support your career goals every step of the way.