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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Maths)

  • Master core programming languages
  • Develop skills in mathematics and theoretical computer science
  • Explore roles computational analysis, modelling and simulation
  • Get qualified within a year
  • Earn a nationally recognised diploma
  • Get university ready

About your Diploma

Computer science is one of the most in-demand skillsets in the world. This technological discipline is behind technological advancements big and small that make our society more connected.

Combining mathematical thinking with computer science theory, this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Maths) will give you the skills you need to start a career in this fast-paced and fast-evolving industry.

During your studies, you will explore advanced mathematics through topics like Calculus, Algebraic Methods and Trigonometry, which underpin many computing and programming concepts.

You will also learn valuable skills that you will use daily in the industry from interrogating databases and creating reports to coding standards, web development tools, methodologies and technologies.

Upon successful completion, you can go onto study related subjects in university. Where you can explore the field further and perhaps specialise in one of the many fascinating branches like Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, Machine Learning, Data Science or Game Design.

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Maths) is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). As well as being a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification that can stand in place of A Levels.

By studying this course, you will become competent and confident to embrace careers in Computer Science or Mathematics related roles. Becoming desirable to employers by studying essential topics such as Networking, Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL), Database Developments and Applications, Designing and Developing a Website, Cyber Threats and Legislation. As well as advanced mathematics.

These topics coupled with your study skills portfolio will demonstrate your abilities to universities and potential employers alike. Helping you to move forward towards well-paying careers that utilise your skills.

Study this course online, from home. You can learn whenever suits you best giving you the freedom to carry on working and earning while you gain new skills. This flexible learning approach also allows you to complete the course as quickly as you like. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. On average, learners take 9 to 12 months to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Our team of dedicated tutors will always be on hand to support you and we can also offer flexible payment methods to help you get started.

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Maths)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Mathematics) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012402)

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.

 

The units are broken down for you here so that you can see what your qualification will include. However, the assignments you complete have been designed so that you can complete multiple tasks together where possible and you will see a different number of assignments in your personal portfolio; you will still be completing the whole qualification.

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: Using Spreadsheet Software

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 6: 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 7: Calculus

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 8: 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 9: 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 10: Trigonometry

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 11: Fundamentals of Hyper Text Preprocessor (PHP)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of Hyper Text 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: 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 13: 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 14: Statistical Research

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to plan for an investigation within an appropriate subject area
  • Understand how to carry out an investigation by collecting and processing an appropriate range of data
  • Understand how to interpret and analyse results
  • Understand how to evaluate the investigation

Unit 15: 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

Unit 16: 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

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Computer Science and Maths). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which 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 as well as 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 and Maths)

  • Master core programming languages
  • Develop skills in mathematics and theoretical computer science
  • Explore roles computational analysis, modelling and simulation
  • Get qualified within a year
  • Earn a nationally recognised diploma
  • Get university ready

About your Diploma

Computer science is one of the most in-demand skillsets in the world. This technological discipline is behind technological advancements big and small that make our society more connected.

Combining mathematical thinking with computer science theory, this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Maths) will give you the skills you need to start a career in this fast-paced and fast-evolving industry.

During your studies, you will explore advanced mathematics through topics like Calculus, Algebraic Methods and Trigonometry, which underpin many computing and programming concepts.

You will also learn valuable skills that you will use daily in the industry from interrogating databases and creating reports to coding standards, web development tools, methodologies and technologies.

Upon successful completion, you can go onto study related subjects in university. Where you can explore the field further and perhaps specialise in one of the many fascinating branches like Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, Machine Learning, Data Science or Game Design.

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Maths) is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). As well as being a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification that can stand in place of A Levels.

By studying this course, you will become competent and confident to embrace careers in Computer Science or Mathematics related roles. Becoming desirable to employers by studying essential topics such as Networking, Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL), Database Developments and Applications, Designing and Developing a Website, Cyber Threats and Legislation. As well as advanced mathematics.

These topics coupled with your study skills portfolio will demonstrate your abilities to universities and potential employers alike. Helping you to move forward towards well-paying careers that utilise your skills.

Study this course online, from home. You can learn whenever suits you best giving you the freedom to carry on working and earning while you gain new skills. This flexible learning approach also allows you to complete the course as quickly as you like. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. On average, learners take 9 to 12 months to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Our team of dedicated tutors will always be on hand to support you and we can also offer flexible payment methods to help you get started.

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

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Maths)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Mathematics) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012402)

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.

 

The units are broken down for you here so that you can see what your qualification will include. However, the assignments you complete have been designed so that you can complete multiple tasks together where possible and you will see a different number of assignments in your personal portfolio; you will still be completing the whole qualification.

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: Using Spreadsheet Software

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 6: 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 7: Calculus

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 8: 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 9: 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 10: Trigonometry

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 11: Fundamentals of Hyper Text Preprocessor (PHP)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of Hyper Text 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: 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 13: 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 14: Statistical Research

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to plan for an investigation within an appropriate subject area
  • Understand how to carry out an investigation by collecting and processing an appropriate range of data
  • Understand how to interpret and analyse results
  • Understand how to evaluate the investigation

Unit 15: 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

Unit 16: 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

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Computer Science and Maths). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which 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 as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

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