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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science)

This Course at a Glance 

  • Get the skills to work in tech and AI development 
  • Start an exciting and innovative career 
  • Completion possible within a year 
  • Go to university without A Levels 
  • Study flexibly  
  • No exams 

About your Diploma 

If a business wants to be a success in the modern world, it has to get digital. Even shops with a physical store have an online presence for convenience, and with the growing demand for online services, that itself brings a host of concerns regarding tech issues and cybercrime.  

If you’re qualified to take on the tech challenges of a business and can progress their offering into the digital space, many companies will be highly motivated to employ you. This has resulted in computer science now being both one of the most in demand and highest paying degrees in the UK.   

So, if you’re into your tech and want a well paying role with a high level of job security, consider becoming a computer scientist. As a graduate in this space, you can earn on average £5,000 above the national average wage, and this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) can help you get qualified.  

As a Level 3 qualification, it enables you to meet computer science degree entry requirements, and because it’s equivalent to 3 A Levels, it means you can progress to university in much less time than it would take to study A Levels traditionally.  

During this course, you will study a host of computer science specific modules that will get you prepared for degree level learning. It will take you through the computational processes, architecture and programming languages needed to get started, plus the mathematical knowledge you need to understand these detailed concepts.  

Getting Started 

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading UK distance learning providers, and our Access to Higher Education Diplomas will enable you to access degree level study in most universities throughout the UK. This is because they are a Level 3 qualification that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and recognised on a national scale.  

Once enrolled, you have one year to complete the course, however, the flexibility of online learning allows you to progress at your pace. On average our students are finished within 9-12 months and ready to apply to university. You can also study when and where you like as there are no classes or timetables to stick to. 

You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout the course.  

*Please note, entry requirements differ between each university. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on a course.

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science)

After successfully completing the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at Level 3 (QAA ref = 40008265). 

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications. 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners to gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.  

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Preparing to Study 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how study is organised and planned 
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning 
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study 
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback 

Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task 
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task 
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

Unit 3:  Preparing a Written Assignment 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how to use key information sources 
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced 
  • Understand a range of reading strategies 
  • Understand note-making methods 
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment 

Unit 4: Using the Internet & Email 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how to use e-mail 
  • Understand how to use the Internet for research and communication 
  • Understand how to evaluate Internet resources 

Unit 5: Database Applications 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand database terminology 
  • Be able to apply the principles of creating a simple database using a database application 
  • Know how to interrogate databases and create reports 
  • Be able to use a database application to create a database for other users 

Unit 6: Research Topic (Computer Science) 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to plan and carry out a primary research project on a topic of your own choosing with a central focus on Computer Science 
  • Be able to plan and write a research topic report 
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills 

Unit 7: Database Development 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand the concept of Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD) 
  • Understand the implications of database structure in design 
  • Understand the principles of relational databases 
  • Know how to develop a fully functioning relational database 
  • Understand the role of the Database Administrator (DBA) 
  • Know the purpose of a Database Management System (DBMS) 

Unit 8: Using Spreadsheet Software 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Know how to use spread sheet software 
  • Know how to perform calculations on spread sheet data 
  • Know how to use spread sheet software to create and develop charts 

Unit 9: Cyber Threats and Legislation 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how attacks are carried out 
  • Understand the ways in which vulnerabilities can be identified 
  • Understand the UK legislation covering cyber security and future strategy 
  • Understand international standards 

Unit 10: Algebraic Methods 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Apply series 
  • Apply mathematical operations on logarithms 
  • Apply mathematical operations on surds 
  • Apply algebraic methods 

Unit 11: Fundamentals of Hyper Text Preprocessor (PHP) 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand the characteristics of Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) 
  • Understand coding standards 
  • Be able to use outputs, variables and programming constructs in PHP 
  • Be able to apply and modify programming constructs in a functioning PHP script 

Unit 12: Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL) 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand the characteristics of Structured Query Language (SQL) 
  • Be able to create and amend databases 
  • Be able to enter, amend and delete data from a database table 

Unit 13: Calculus 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Apply differentiation 
  • Apply integration 
  • Apply differentiation and integration to solve problems 

Unit 14: Trigonometry 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Apply the trigonometrical functions 
  • Apply trigonometry 
  • Understand the principles of trigonometric graphs 

Unit 15: Networking 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Know the diverse types of network systems and devices in common use 
  • Be able to explain the impact of bandwidth on a network 
  • Be able to describe the cable types used in a network 
  • Know how different network technologies operate and communicate  

Unit 16: Designing and Developing a Website 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to design a website to address loosely-defined requirements 
  • Be able to use web development tools to build (X) HTML and CSS-based websites to address well-defined specifications 
  • Understand different web development tools, methodologies and technologies 
  • Understand the technology and tools needed to use multimedia in the context of a website 
  • Be able to embed functional multimedia components in an (X) HTML site 

This qualification is made up of a range of units, with an assignment at the end of each one. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback and you need to acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Computer Science). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units that focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills. 

As part of your programme, you will also receive help and guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma. 

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science)

This Course at a Glance 

  • Get the skills to work in tech and AI development 
  • Start an exciting and innovative career 
  • Completion possible within a year 
  • Go to university without A Levels 
  • Study flexibly  
  • No exams 

About your Diploma 

If a business wants to be a success in the modern world, it has to get digital. Even shops with a physical store have an online presence for convenience, and with the growing demand for online services, that itself brings a host of concerns regarding tech issues and cybercrime.  

If you’re qualified to take on the tech challenges of a business and can progress their offering into the digital space, many companies will be highly motivated to employ you. This has resulted in computer science now being both one of the most in demand and highest paying degrees in the UK.   

So, if you’re into your tech and want a well paying role with a high level of job security, consider becoming a computer scientist. As a graduate in this space, you can earn on average £5,000 above the national average wage, and this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) can help you get qualified.  

As a Level 3 qualification, it enables you to meet computer science degree entry requirements, and because it’s equivalent to 3 A Levels, it means you can progress to university in much less time than it would take to study A Levels traditionally.  

During this course, you will study a host of computer science specific modules that will get you prepared for degree level learning. It will take you through the computational processes, architecture and programming languages needed to get started, plus the mathematical knowledge you need to understand these detailed concepts.  

Getting Started 

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading UK distance learning providers, and our Access to Higher Education Diplomas will enable you to access degree level study in most universities throughout the UK. This is because they are a Level 3 qualification that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and recognised on a national scale.  

Once enrolled, you have one year to complete the course, however, the flexibility of online learning allows you to progress at your pace. On average our students are finished within 9-12 months and ready to apply to university. You can also study when and where you like as there are no classes or timetables to stick to. 

You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout the course.  

*Please note, entry requirements differ between each university. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on a course.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science)

After successfully completing the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at Level 3 (QAA ref = 40008265). 

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications. 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners to gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.  

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Preparing to Study 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how study is organised and planned 
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning 
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study 
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback 

Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task 
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task 
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

Unit 3:  Preparing a Written Assignment 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how to use key information sources 
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced 
  • Understand a range of reading strategies 
  • Understand note-making methods 
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment 

Unit 4: Using the Internet & Email 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how to use e-mail 
  • Understand how to use the Internet for research and communication 
  • Understand how to evaluate Internet resources 

Unit 5: Database Applications 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand database terminology 
  • Be able to apply the principles of creating a simple database using a database application 
  • Know how to interrogate databases and create reports 
  • Be able to use a database application to create a database for other users 

Unit 6: Research Topic (Computer Science) 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to plan and carry out a primary research project on a topic of your own choosing with a central focus on Computer Science 
  • Be able to plan and write a research topic report 
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills 

Unit 7: Database Development 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand the concept of Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD) 
  • Understand the implications of database structure in design 
  • Understand the principles of relational databases 
  • Know how to develop a fully functioning relational database 
  • Understand the role of the Database Administrator (DBA) 
  • Know the purpose of a Database Management System (DBMS) 

Unit 8: Using Spreadsheet Software 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Know how to use spread sheet software 
  • Know how to perform calculations on spread sheet data 
  • Know how to use spread sheet software to create and develop charts 

Unit 9: Cyber Threats and Legislation 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how attacks are carried out 
  • Understand the ways in which vulnerabilities can be identified 
  • Understand the UK legislation covering cyber security and future strategy 
  • Understand international standards 

Unit 10: Algebraic Methods 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Apply series 
  • Apply mathematical operations on logarithms 
  • Apply mathematical operations on surds 
  • Apply algebraic methods 

Unit 11: Fundamentals of Hyper Text Preprocessor (PHP) 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand the characteristics of Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) 
  • Understand coding standards 
  • Be able to use outputs, variables and programming constructs in PHP 
  • Be able to apply and modify programming constructs in a functioning PHP script 

Unit 12: Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL) 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand the characteristics of Structured Query Language (SQL) 
  • Be able to create and amend databases 
  • Be able to enter, amend and delete data from a database table 

Unit 13: Calculus 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Apply differentiation 
  • Apply integration 
  • Apply differentiation and integration to solve problems 

Unit 14: Trigonometry 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Apply the trigonometrical functions 
  • Apply trigonometry 
  • Understand the principles of trigonometric graphs 

Unit 15: Networking 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Know the diverse types of network systems and devices in common use 
  • Be able to explain the impact of bandwidth on a network 
  • Be able to describe the cable types used in a network 
  • Know how different network technologies operate and communicate  

Unit 16: Designing and Developing a Website 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to design a website to address loosely-defined requirements 
  • Be able to use web development tools to build (X) HTML and CSS-based websites to address well-defined specifications 
  • Understand different web development tools, methodologies and technologies 
  • Understand the technology and tools needed to use multimedia in the context of a website 
  • Be able to embed functional multimedia components in an (X) HTML site 

This qualification is made up of a range of units, with an assignment at the end of each one. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback and you need to acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Computer Science). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units that focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills. 

As part of your programme, you will also receive help and guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma. 

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