Access to Higher Education Diploma - Computing and Digital Technology

28021L0 | Leigh College
Start Date | 12/09/2022
Time/Day | 09:30 - 15:00 VARIOUS

Is this course for me?

Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students without traditional Level 3 qualifications to apply for degree courses and enter university. The computing science route is for those who wish to progress on to degrees which will lead to careers in IT and computingt. It is recommended that you research your preferred career pathway very carefully before starting your Level 3 studies.

What will I study?

The Access to HE Diploma in Computing covers units drawn from a range of topics including: Computer system architecture, database principles and design, even driven programming and programming using objects.

How long is the course?

Full time for one academic year. Three days per week

How will I be assessed?

Assignments are kept in a portfolio of evidence that is internally assessed and externally moderated.

What qualifications do I need?

You will need GCSE English C/4+ and GCSE Maths C/4+. Functional skills Level 2, key skills Level3 can be accepted or Silver iDEA, along with the successful completion of a short assessment.

What can I progress onto?

Students progress onto Computing and Computer Science Degrees at universities across the UK, including the University Centre Wigan & Leigh College to study a Higher National Diploma in Computing.

Other Information

If you are 19+ you will be eligible to apply for An Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your course fees.

Course Fees

16-18 Year Olds 19+ year olds Free for eligible learners? Is Loan Available?
£3748.00 Yes Yes

Exam Fee

£185.00

IT Specialist Managers

IT specialist managers plan, organise, manage and coordinate the provision of specialist IT services and functions in an organisation.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

5.75%
FALL in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£33,162
Entry
£59,146
Median
£99,008
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Reports on IT activities to senior management.
  • Plans and monitors work and maintenance schedules to ensure agreed service levels are achieved.
  • Supervises the technical team and coordinates training.
  • Takes responsibility for managing the development of a specialist aspect of IT provision such as user support, network operations, service delivery or quality control.
  • Liaises with users, senior staff and internal/external clients to clarify IT requirements and development needs.
  • Plans, coordinates and manages the organisation.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Administration and Management Customer and Personal Service Design English Language Education and Training Telecommunications Mathematics Communications and Media Engineering and Technology

Skills

Active Learning Reading Comprehension Monitoring Critical Thinking Active Listening Learning Strategies Writing Mathematics Speaking
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IT Project and Programme Managers

Jobholders in this unit group manage, coordinate and technically supervise specific IT projects and programmes of a discrete duration and/or budget.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

5.14%
FALL in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£35,971
Entry
£53,969
Median
£90,651
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Reports on project or programme to senior management and/or client.
  • Coordinates and oversees implementation of the project or programme.
  • Monitors progress including project/programme budget, timescale and quality.
  • Manages third party contributions to the programme or project.
  • Coordinates and supervises the activities of the project/programme team.
  • Plans the stages of the project or programme, reviews actions and amends plans as necessary.
  • Works with client or senior management to establish and clarify the aims, objectives and requirements of the IT project or programme.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Administration and Management Customer and Personal Service Design English Language Mathematics Education and Training Telecommunications

Skills

Active Learning Reading Comprehension Monitoring Critical Thinking Active Listening Mathematics Learning Strategies Writing Speaking
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IT Business Analysts, Architects and Systems Designers

Workers in this unit group provide advice on the effective utilisation of IT and design IT systems in order to meet the business objectives or to enhance the business effectiveness of the organisation.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

6.64%
FALL in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£29,083
Entry
£50,976
Median
£85,624
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Works closely with clients to implement new systems.
  • Researches, analyses, evaluates and monitors network infrastructure and performance.
  • Examines existing business models and flows of data and designs functional specifications and test plans for new systems in order to meet clients.
  • Provides advice and assistance in the procurement, provision, delivery, installation, maintenance and use of IT systems and their environments.
  • Communicates the impact of emerging technologies to clients and advises upon the potential introduction of such technology.
  • Undertakes feasibility studies for major IT developments incorporating costs and benefits, and presents proposals to clients.
  • Liaises with internal/external clients in order to analyse business procedure, clarify clients.

Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service Computers and Electronics Design Administration and Management English Language Education and Training Telecommunications Mathematics

Skills

Active Learning Reading Comprehension Monitoring Critical Thinking Active Listening Learning Strategies Writing Mathematics Speaking
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Programmers and Software Development Professionals

Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

7%
FALL in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£31,927
Entry
£52,747
Median
£93,317
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.
  • Plans and maintains database structures.
  • Implements and evaluates the software.
  • Writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development).
  • Tests and corrects software programs.
  • Develops user interfaces.
  • Writes and codes individual programs according to specifications.
  • Undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions.
  • Examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Mathematics Engineering and Technology English Language Design Telecommunications Education and Training Customer and Personal Service

Skills

Active Learning Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Mathematics Active Listening Learning Strategies Speaking Writing Monitoring Science
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Web Design and Development Professionals

Jobholders in this unit group design, develop and maintain websites to meet a client’s specified requirements.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

5.27%
FALL in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£19,950
Entry
£35,148
Median
£59,038
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Activates the 'live' website.
  • Tests website interaction and performance prior to going 'live'.
  • Writes and publishes content for the website.
  • Establishes methods to ensure appropriate website security and recovery.
  • Designs and develops web interfaces for relational database systems.
  • Develops the website and applications.
  • Designs web pages including graphics, animation and functionality to maximise visual effectiveness and facilitate appropriate access.
  • Presents design options to the client.
  • Liaises with internal/external client in order to define the requirements for the website.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics English Language Mathematics Customer and Personal Service Design Communications and Media

Skills

Reading Comprehension Active Learning Active Listening Critical Thinking Writing Monitoring Learning Strategies Speaking
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Information Technology and Telecommunications Professionals n.e.c.

Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 213: Information Technology and Telecommunication Professionals.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

8.15%
FALL in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£24,737
Entry
£48,735
Median
£81,860
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Deals with and reports on breaches in security.
  • Examines IT system for potential threats to its security and integrity and draws up plans for disaster recovery if security is compromised.
  • Makes recommendations concerning software/system quality.
  • Develops quality standards and validation techniques.
  • Develops, implements and documents test plans for IT software, systems and computer games.
  • Undertakes the testing of software, systems or computer games for errors, identifies source of problems and proposes solutions.
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