Access to Higher Education | Diploma in Computing | Level 3

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Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements tab Assessment: Written assignments, presentations and exams. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Computing Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser UCAS Tariff: The course consists of 60 credits. All units are at Level 3. Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan Fees (September 2023): £3384.00

Why this course?

Student taking apart a desktop computer

You will study a variety of units including relational database design, programming, hardware, software, networking and mathematics for computing.

You will obtain good knowledge and technical skills to help you gain employment in the computing industry at a junior level. There is no formal work experience but there will be outside speakers and visits relevant to the course.

On successful completion of this Level 3 course you may wish to continue your studies at a university in the UK. As a student on our Access to Computing course you will also be supported with your UCAS application and to prepare for university admissions interviews.

Although this is a feeder course into university, we have had several students who decided not to attend university and sought employment directly after completing the course.

Please note you must be aged 19 or older to join this course. 

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Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE0021-1C 04 Sep 2023 Central Brighton TBC 36 weeks £3384.00 Apply

Entry requirements

You must have a GCSE grade 9-4 (A* - C) in English and Maths. 

Successful applicants with a grade 4 (D) in English can retake this required qualification alongside this Access course. 

You will be required to attend an interview with a member of the department.

Entry requirements

Course units

Access to Computing is an intensive course with an ethos of hard work and commitment. You will be supported to achieve the highest grades you can in every formal assignment, and encouraged to find solutions to the challenges you will meet on the way. This is what makes our course the very best preparation for university and for the professional arena in the future. 

The full Access Diploma is worth 60 level three credits; 45 are graded credits and the remaining 15 must be achieved but are ungraded.

Course units: 

  • Setting up and populating tables in a database application
  • Querying data in a database application and producing Computer Networks and Data Communications
  • Programming fundamentals
  • Designing and building a multiple page websites
  • IT systems security
  • IT business solutions 
  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry 

IAS (Project) 

  • Reviewing and planning
  • Data representation for IT
  • Impact of IT systems on society
  • System analysis and design methodology 

Why the MET?

We have the most up-to-date computing facilities including;

  • Latest generation 6 Intel i7 CPU with 16 GB RAM and 2TB hard disk
  • 22" widescreen monitors
  • Log in with full administrative rights
  • Our private development network isolated from the rest of the college
  • An array of latest generation virtualisation servers
  • 12TB of development storage
  • Fast internet connection (over 75 Mbps up and down)
  • Unlimited Google Drive storage

What's next?

Our previous students have gone on to work in: 

  • Account management 
  • Business analyst
  • Web development
  • Support technician 
  • Network engineering
  • Games development
  • Software development
What's next?

Level 3 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  •  You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. 

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here

Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are similar to Higher Education loans. These loans are available to students aged 19+ studying on Access to HE courses. 

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Course costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.


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