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Computing Access to H.E. Diploma at City of Westminster College

Course description

The course aims to develop your understanding and competence in a range of computing modules as well as your independent study skills. The course is specifically designed to prepare an individual for higher education courses, particularly adults who may have been out of education for a number of years.

The course consists of a number of units which have credit values. 60 credits are required to pass the qualification and must include the two mandatory units plus credits from the following:

  • Mandatory Units 9 credits
  • Study/Communication Skills 12 credits
  • Specialised Computing Units 39 credits:
    • Maths
    • Computer Programming
    • Computer Hardware and Operating Systems
    • Web Development and Computer Graphics

45 of the credits are Graded (Pass, Merit or Distinction can be achieved). Universities give you an offer based on the number of credits you achieve at Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Entry requirements

It is expected that you have a minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades as standard, with at least a GCSE A*-C in English and Maths or Functional Skills Level 2.

There is possibility that if you do not have one of these English/Maths qualifications, you may be able to complete this during the year, however, this is subject to achieving Level 2 in BKSB Initial Assessment (for English and Maths) and a Writing Assessment upon entry.

Overseas qualifications are not accepted for entry to this course.

Although there are no specific computer skills required, it is expected that students will be familiar with computers and standard software applications used in business and at home.

Those who achieve the required standard are interviewed by the course tutors to ensure they are motivated, able to attend regularly and to check the course is suitable for their future study and career aspirations.​


Assessment will be by assignments, exams, presentations, and observation of practical work in specially equipped IT pods, classrooms, or the School’s own ICT ‘laboratory’. Each unit studied will use one or more of these assessment methods.

Future opportunities

Upon completion of the program students can progress to degree level study in Computing or a related area. 

Before starting the course, you will be expected to research the entry requirements set by the universities you wish to apply for. This will include the English and Maths entry criteria for the universities of your choice and ensure you complete the necessary English and/or Maths qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Westminster College directly.

Last updated date: 29 February 2016
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