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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science)

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The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) WILL allow you to apply for university to study Game Design in just 1 year!

This course is an option for people who would like to start or further their career in Game Design.

No qualifications are required to study this course so get started today!

In our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science), you will explore aspects of creative computing, cyber security, data analysis and structure, networking, research and reporting and web design. In addition, you will be taught practical applications that can enhance your professional skill-set and give you a competitive edge in the highly competitive computer science sector.

Computer Science learners will build skills in professional communication and undertake a research project. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) can be a great milestone towards your career development. Learners who complete and achieve the Access to HE Diploma could progress onto Higher Education courses including Bachelor Degrees, Foundation Degrees, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNC/HND) and Higher Degree Apprenticeships.

The Access to HE Diploma could also support access into employment areas where evidence of study and achievement at level 3 is required. A degree in Computer Science can lead to opportunities with IT consultancies and IT service providers. However, as most businesses rely on computers to function effectively, there are also opportunities within the IT departments of major organisations in sectors such as aerospace and defence, agricultura, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, public and private sectors, game and web design, retail and telecommunications. For more information see the ‘Careers’ tab.


This Online Computer Science Course at a Glance

  • 100% online learning for adults
  • No qualifications necessary to apply
  • Flexible - learn in your own time around work and family
  • Flexible payments - interest-free monthly payments over 1 year 
  • One-to-one tutor support at mutually convenient times
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Gain crucial knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence
  • Assessed through end-of-unit assignments - NO EXAMS 
  • Equivalent level to those of other level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels
  • Complete in 1 year or less

Education Provider: Cambridge Online Education - established 2002

Accredited by: Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group

Regulated by: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)


Course Outline

The Access to HE Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification designed to prepare learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (HE). The Diploma provides opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and skills needed to progress to higher education study and also enables learners to develop social and emotional skills such as communication and confidence.


To achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) Ref. 400/0826/5 learners must achieve:

  • 45 credits which must be graded, academic subject content at Level 3 only.
  • 15 credits which must be either at Level 2 or Level 3 ungraded (U).

The following are the Unit titles for this Diploma:

  • Computer Systems
  • Managing Software Development
  • Software Design & Development
  • Cyber Security Techniques
  • Database Development
  • Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Networking
  • Research Topic (Computer Science)
  • Designing and Developing a Website
  • Health and Safety when using Computer Equipment (U)
  • Research Project (U)
  • Study Techniques (U)
  • Installing, Configuring & Maintaining Systems (U)

Enrolment Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for students applying for the Cambridge Online Education Access to H.E. Diplomas. Tutors are nevertheless, required to ensure that learners admitted onto the Diploma possess the necessary skills and personal qualities to cope with the demands of the course.


All Access to HE Diplomas require the achievement of 60 credits. 45 of the 60 credits must be graded at Level 3 (pass, merit or distinction). Such credits will arise from the Academic Subject Content Modules. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded and can be achieved at either Level 2 or Level 3. Students may only be registered against units with a maximum combined total credit value of 60. In terms of the length of time required for a learner to complete their diploma, for all Access to HE Diplomas the notional learning hours are 600. Notional learning hours comprise all learning that may be relevant to the achievement of the learning outcomes including directed and private study, practical and project work, assignments and assessment time. The assessment methods used for each unit of your course will be detailed in the Programme Handbook. Your tutor will provide you with formative feedback and provisional grades. Your grades will be then evaluated by the Examination Board. Final grades will be released to students after the External Moderation Visit.


On successful completion of the course, you will receive a QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science) at level 3 awarded by the Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group.

Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications. Cambridge Online Education is a fully accredited education provider for this qualification



After completing the Access to Higher Education Computer Science, you can then continue your education or seek employment in the following fields:

  • Application analyst
  • Applications developer
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Game designer
  • Games developer
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Penetration tester
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • UX designer
  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Business analyst
  • IT sales professional
  • IT trainer
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Network engineer
  • Telecommunications researcher

As different universities have different entry requirements, you are strongly advised to check these requirements with your chosen tertiary education provider. You can contact our career advisers for further guidance and support in that matter.

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Devon's Story

After years in my company's IT department on a lowish pay band I was given the opportunity to upskill with an diploma Course in Computer Science. I'm looking forward to learning new things on my degree and the increased pay that follows! It's great that companies can do this for their teams as it makes their staff better skilled and happier which can only mean good things for the business.

    FAQ Computer Science

    What HE progression routes are there with this course?

    Given the broad-based nature of the course the HE progression route is varied including IT, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Games Development, Cyber Security etc.

    What qualifications do you need to start this course?

    None. Universities, however, will have their own entry requirements. Typically, GCSE (grade C and above) in English and Mathematics in addition to an AHE qualification.

    What prior experience is needed?

    No formal experience is needed. You should, however, have a keen interest in technology and a thirst to learn more. Furthermore, you should be thoroughly proficient with your chosen platform (Mac, Windows, Linux) – installing applications, managing files and folder, users and permissions etc. You should also be proficient with Office 365 including Word, One Drive and Teams.