Access to Higher Education Diploma - Computing

Access qualifications provide an alternative route to University or Higher Education for students aged 19+. The Access to Higher Education Diploma - Computing is for students who have a keen interest in the study of computing and a high level of commitment. One year's study provides students with an intensive introduction to the ideas, mathematical and computing skills in a variety of areas of study including programming, web development and networking. Progression to further study at Degree level is encouraged and is the normal expectation for students obtaining this award; alternatively students may progress onto the HND in Computing and Systems Development offered by Kingston College. 

Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress.  

Course Content

The course consists of modules designed to provide the basic mathematics and computing skills, plus study skills. Learners are also expected to complete an independent research project.

The modules listed below are indicative of the course content:


  • Study Skills - exam skills, note taking and note making, finding and reading iformation and an extended project;
  • Mathematics – Introduction to the mathematics required for computing including arithmetic skills, logic and sets;
  • Systems Analysis and Programming – You will be designing and developing a range of procedural and visual programs.
  • Database and Website Development – You will design and develop a range of web pages and websites, you will also design and develop a complex relational database
  • Computer Systems and Networking – Introduction to computer architecture, computer operations and data communication. 


To obtain a pass in this Access course, a student will have to achieve a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and further 15 credits at level 2 or at level 3. Total credits required - 60 for the Diploma.

Entry Requirements

This intensive course requires a maturity of approach and a high level of commitment. A good level of English and Mathematics is required (level 2 qualification) ideally with some knowledge of computing. In addition, applicants need a satisfactory reference, successful interview and screening. Applicants must have sufficient time to devote to their studies.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress.

Duration and Delivery

Three days a week over one year (September start) - approximately 15 hours per week including a one-hour tutorial. Students are expected to undertake an additional 15 hours per week of unguided private study.


Successful student will progress onto a variety of Degrees including computer science, software engineering, information systems, computer forensics, networking and security. Most universities require a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and many require some to be achieved at Merit or Distinction.

Additional Information

For further information please contact us on 020 8268 3073 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The Access to HE Diploma - Computing is taught at Kingston College so is ideal for those based in South West London and Surrey.


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