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  • 600 notional learning hours

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 from the comfort of home
  • 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 two years 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)

On successful completion of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science), (QAA ref = 40014393), you will receive a Skills & Education Group Access, QAA recognised, Access to Higher Education Diploma at Level 3. As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

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.

 

You must hold Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths, or be working towards them alongside studying your Access to Higher Education Diploma. You will also need to have a UK address to enrol.

University Entry Criteria

It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So, you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted.

In many cases, to get started on healthcare courses at university, you will need:

  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade
  • A face-to-face interview at the university
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
  • Course-related work placements or work experience
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)

It is your responsibility to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect will not be held accountable if completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.

Minimum age restriction

This course is ideally suited to those who have completed full-time education but have not achieved the grades required to get into university.

Average completion timeframe

The average time it takes our learners to complete the course is 9-12 months.

Assessment requirements

A range of assessment methodologies are used, including: academic writing skills tasks, portfolio, presentation (video and audio recording), research report, production of a range of computer science tasks in the form of a series of questions

Exams required

There are no exams included in the assessment of the course.

Membership required?

No membership is required to enrol on this course.

Additional requirements

Learners must be actively studying for a minimum of six months before results can be ratified and certificates ordered. The six month period does not start until you have passed unit 2 of your course and you must be submitting assignments regularly (in line with the deadlines in your Individual Learning Plan) to meet this six month requirement. Certificates can only be issued once your course is paid for in full.

Certification Timeframe

You can expect to receive your certificate 12-16 weeks from your final assignment being marked and graded, depending on the time of year. You will be provided with regular updates throughout the certification process so that you are fully informed of your individual timeframes.

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Unit 1: Exploring Using Spreadsheets

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to set up, format and maintain data exports to other packages
  • Be able to construct and use Spreadsheet calculations
  • Be able to use spreadsheets to produce and develop graphs and charts

Unit 2: Use of Information and Communication Technology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to use word processing software to create documents
  • Be able to use spreadsheet software packages to manipulate numerical data
  • Be able to use computer presentation software to produce a presentation
  • Know how to combine data from different sources and packages to create a document

Unit 3: Production of a Research Project

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to select a research topic justifying the choice
  • Understand research methodologies
  • Be able to conduct research
  • Be able to draw meaningful conclusions to research evidence
  • Be able to reference own project

Unit 4: Planning and Writing an Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to select and assess appropriate source information in response to a task
  • Be able to reference sources used in a recognised style
  • Understand different reading strategies
  • Be able to take effective notes
  • Be able to plan, draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 5: Writing and Studying Academic Texts

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write academically and with relevance
  • Be able to interpret and express ideas in a piece of academic work
  • Be able to analyse and summarise text, and appreciate the problems caused by plagiarism

Unit 6: Cybersecurity Threats and the Law

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how vulnerabilities are identified
  • Understand how cyber-attacks are executed
  • Understand the current cybersecurity legislation of the UK
  • Understand the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT)

Unit 7: Database Structures and Applications

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology related to databases
  • Be able to create a simple database
  • Be able to create reports by interrogating databases
  • Be able to develop a database for others

Unit 8: Developing Databases

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs)
  • Understand database structures
  • Be able to create a relational database
  • Be able to develop a relational database and its documentation
  • Understand the importance of the Database Administrator (DBA)
  • Understand the purpose of a Database Management System (DBMS)

Unit 9: Network Systems and Technologies

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand network systems
  • Understand the role and impact of bandwidth on the effectiveness and efficiency of a network system
  • Understand the role and types of cable used in a network
  • Understand network communication and wireless technologies

Unit 10: Principles of Hyper Text Preprocessor (PHP)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP)
  • Understand coding standards and quality
  • Be able to use PHP
  • Be able to apply, and make modifications to, programming constructs in a functional PHP script

Unit 11: Structured Query Language (SQL) Fundamentals

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure of Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Be able to develop and modify databases
  • Be able to enter, modify and delete data from a database table

Unit 12: Website Design and Development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to design a website
  • Be able to use web development tools to build Hyper Text Markup Language 5 (HTML5) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) based websites
  • Be able to analyse web development tools, methodologies, and technologies
  • Understand the tools and technology required to use multimedia in a website
  • Be able to embed working multimedia components in an HTML5 site

Unit 13: Trigonometric Functions, Ratios and Rules

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to use trigonometric functions and ratios
  • Be able to solve equations and problems by employing trigonometric rules
  • Be able to construct proofs by applying trigonometric
  • Be able to illustrate trigonometric functions graphically

Unit 14: Using Algebra

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to use series
  • Be able to perform logarithmic calculations
  • Be able to solve problems involving surds
  • Be able to solve algebraic equations

Unit 15: Calculus for Scientists

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to differentiate algebraic and trigonometric functions
  • Know how to perform integration
  • Be able to solve problems involving differentiation and integration

Unit 16: Applied Statistical Research

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to devise a statistical investigation
  • Be able to collect and statistically process data
  • Be able to apply data analysis to an investigation aim and hypotheses
  • Be able to critically evaluate an investigation

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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Access to Higher Education Diplomas
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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 from the comfort of home
  • 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 two years 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)

On successful completion of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science), (QAA ref = 40014393), you will receive a Skills & Education Group Access, QAA recognised, Access to Higher Education Diploma at Level 3. As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

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: Exploring Using Spreadsheets

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to set up, format and maintain data exports to other packages
  • Be able to construct and use Spreadsheet calculations
  • Be able to use spreadsheets to produce and develop graphs and charts

Unit 2: Use of Information and Communication Technology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to use word processing software to create documents
  • Be able to use spreadsheet software packages to manipulate numerical data
  • Be able to use computer presentation software to produce a presentation
  • Know how to combine data from different sources and packages to create a document

Unit 3: Production of a Research Project

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to select a research topic justifying the choice
  • Understand research methodologies
  • Be able to conduct research
  • Be able to draw meaningful conclusions to research evidence
  • Be able to reference own project

Unit 4: Planning and Writing an Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to select and assess appropriate source information in response to a task
  • Be able to reference sources used in a recognised style
  • Understand different reading strategies
  • Be able to take effective notes
  • Be able to plan, draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 5: Writing and Studying Academic Texts

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write academically and with relevance
  • Be able to interpret and express ideas in a piece of academic work
  • Be able to analyse and summarise text, and appreciate the problems caused by plagiarism

Unit 6: Cybersecurity Threats and the Law

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how vulnerabilities are identified
  • Understand how cyber-attacks are executed
  • Understand the current cybersecurity legislation of the UK
  • Understand the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT)

Unit 7: Database Structures and Applications

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology related to databases
  • Be able to create a simple database
  • Be able to create reports by interrogating databases
  • Be able to develop a database for others

Unit 8: Developing Databases

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs)
  • Understand database structures
  • Be able to create a relational database
  • Be able to develop a relational database and its documentation
  • Understand the importance of the Database Administrator (DBA)
  • Understand the purpose of a Database Management System (DBMS)

Unit 9: Network Systems and Technologies

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand network systems
  • Understand the role and impact of bandwidth on the effectiveness and efficiency of a network system
  • Understand the role and types of cable used in a network
  • Understand network communication and wireless technologies

Unit 10: Principles of Hyper Text Preprocessor (PHP)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP)
  • Understand coding standards and quality
  • Be able to use PHP
  • Be able to apply, and make modifications to, programming constructs in a functional PHP script

Unit 11: Structured Query Language (SQL) Fundamentals

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure of Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Be able to develop and modify databases
  • Be able to enter, modify and delete data from a database table

Unit 12: Website Design and Development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to design a website
  • Be able to use web development tools to build Hyper Text Markup Language 5 (HTML5) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) based websites
  • Be able to analyse web development tools, methodologies, and technologies
  • Understand the tools and technology required to use multimedia in a website
  • Be able to embed working multimedia components in an HTML5 site

Unit 13: Trigonometric Functions, Ratios and Rules

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to use trigonometric functions and ratios
  • Be able to solve equations and problems by employing trigonometric rules
  • Be able to construct proofs by applying trigonometric
  • Be able to illustrate trigonometric functions graphically

Unit 14: Using Algebra

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to use series
  • Be able to perform logarithmic calculations
  • Be able to solve problems involving surds
  • Be able to solve algebraic equations

Unit 15: Calculus for Scientists

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to differentiate algebraic and trigonometric functions
  • Know how to perform integration
  • Be able to solve problems involving differentiation and integration

Unit 16: Applied Statistical Research

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to devise a statistical investigation
  • Be able to collect and statistically process data
  • Be able to apply data analysis to an investigation aim and hypotheses
  • Be able to critically evaluate an investigation

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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