Access to Higher Education – Computer Science

Access to Higher Education (HE) Diplomas are a well established set of qualifications designed for people who do not have the grades to enter a university level course but who do have life experience and a willingness to learn.

An Access to Higher Education course is designed for mature learners (19+) and this course is suitable for anybody who wishes to undertake a degree with significant computing or IT related content. It will also build confidence in areas such as essay and report writing.

What topics/modules are covered?

Modules will be selected from a choice of core topics:

  • Programming
  • Web development
  • Business studies
  • IT application skills
  • Mathematics
  • Marketing
  • Digital imaging
  • Audio for multimedia

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need to be aged 19+ and have the following:

  • GCSEs in both maths and English at grades A*- C (new grading system: 9-4)
  • Work experience in the relevant sector OR a relevant Pre Access qualification

If you are unsure whether you qualify for this course, we’re here to help. Please contact us on 0151 353 4444 for an informal chat. If you have not got the required GCSE grades in maths and/or English, please click here for information on our GCSE courses.

All applicants are invited to attend an interview with either the Course Leader or Course Tutor. You will be notified of your interview by our Admissions Team.

What can I do if I complete this course?

On successful completion of this Access to Higher Education qualification, you will be offered a guaranteed interview for a relevant Foundation Degree course at the Hugh Baird University Centre. You may wish to progress onto a related degree programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre or another higher education institution.

Career Path

Upon completion of a degree in a computing related subject, career paths may include:

  • Database administrator
  • Games developer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Network engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems developer

What qualification will I gain?

Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma - Computer Science.

Start date



One academic year. Up to 15 hours per week, usually over 3 days.


Aged 16-18 Aged 19-23 and 1st full level 3 Aged 19+ Loan
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Financial Support

If you are aged 19+ you may be eligible for financial support to cover the cost of the course and/or travel, childcare and equipment expenses. Click here to find out more.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course. For full details of our terms, conditions and disclaimers, click here.

Last modified on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 12:48