Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computing) – Open College Network West Midlands

Course Code: ACPDP
Learning Aim Code: 40003814
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time (up to 16 hours per week)
Duration: One year
Campus: Paget Road campus / Wellington Road campus

Is this the right course for me?

If you are 19 or over and want to pursue a higher education qualification in a computing-related subject but lack the necessary qualifications to go to university our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computing) will give you the skills you need to go on to a HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or Degree.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is widely recognised by universities and bridges the gap between existing education and what is needed to study at degree level.

This intensive programme is for adults who wish to further their studies in a computing-related subject. It provides the underpinning skills to enable students to return to the world of learning by building the skills and confidence necessary for success in higher education and future career progression in computing.

To succeed on this course you will need to be committed and focused and have a zest for learning, as well as good time management skills, particularly if you work and have family responsibilities.

Before you embark on the course it is important that you know what you want to study at university, have thoroughly researched your chosen course and attended university open days.

If you want to pursue a career in the computing/IT sector our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computing) will set you on the road to a great career

What will I learn?

You will study a range of modules including:

  • Computer hardware & networking
  • Website development
  • Software design and development
  • Study techniques and preparation for higher education

You will also develop your ICT skills.

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Develop your understanding of the underpinning skills, knowledge and academic conventions needed for Higher Education
  • Learn how to research, design, plan and write educational assignments as well as developing your critical and evaluative thinking skills
  • Develop an appreciation for the promotion of active reading to identify relevant information and take part in discussions and debates based on informed reading
  • Develop your analytical skills to give you the confidence to participate in verbal and written educational debate
  • Develop your practical skills and appreciate the need for attention to detail

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a combination of assignments and examinations. Assignments may include: essays, presentations, group work, discussions, peer observations.

What can I do next?

The skills you will learn on this course will enable you to progress into Higher Education or find employment

What are the Entry Requirements?

Ideally, you will need to have GCSEs grade C (4) or above in English and maths, however, if you do not possess these qualifications, you will need to demonstrate the following in a rigorous admissions process:

  • level 2 maths skills via online assessment and.
  • level 2 English skills through online and written assessments

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