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Computing Access to Higher Education Advanced (Level 3) at Bedford College

Course description

This Access to Computing Diploma is a one year Level 3 intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education. This pathway enables you to develop technical and professional skills to prepare you for the challenges of a computing discipline on your chosen higher education course.

Course content

On this course you will study a variety of units including database design, programming, hardware and software, networking and mathematics for computing. You will develop self confidence in your ability to learn and develop the necessary academic skills such as essay writing and research skills to prepare you for university.

You will study:

  • Database Design & Construction
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Designing and Authoring a Website
  • Networks
  • Hardware & Software
  • Computers & Society
  • Current Systems
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Study Skills (Essay Writing & Communication Skills)
  • Maths
  • Project.


NB Units are subject to change.

During the course you will meet a range of guest speakers from a variety of related organisations. You will also be invited to progression events to higher education at college and at local universities. To enable you to be successful on the course you will need to be able to use IT to produce essays, reports, presentations and statistical data. You may also be able to study towards a GCSE in either Maths or English.

Entry requirements

This is a one year intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education.

GCSE English and maths is desirable; however, we may consider candidates without these qualifications, depending on an English and maths entry test, where you will need to demonstrate English and maths skills at Level 2, in addition to interviewing successfully.

It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would eventually like to apply to. You will often need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE part-time courses, which you can enrol on alongside your Access course to gain these qualifications. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.  


Assessment will be continuous throughout the course and will involve a variety of methods such as essays, presentations, projects and examinations.

Future opportunities

This course is designed for progression to higher education and we offer two different university level courses at college, one in Computing & Systems Development and the other in IT Networking & Security. Both of these routes have direct progression to a final top-up year at university. Other routes may be available to you at universities locally and nationally.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bedford College directly.

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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