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Computing Access to HE OCNLR Level 3 Diploma (B00001-161702)

Availability: Yes

Price: £3000.00 Discounts available Click here for information on help with fees

Please note:
This Course has already started, please have a look at the alternative dates below or it may be possible to join some courses after the start date.

If you're interested in joining this course email to enquire.

Weekdays/Time: Mon, Tue, Wed (09:30 to 17:30)

Started: 09/01/2017 (Number of Weeks: 24)

End Date: 18/07/2017

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  • B00001-171801 Computing Access to HE OCNLR Level 3 Diploma Start: 18/09/2017
    Duration: 34 week(s) Days/Time: Mon (10:00 to 16:30), Tue (10:00 to 17:30)
  • B00001-171802 Computing Access to HE OCNLR Level 3 Diploma Start: 20/11/2017
    Duration: 28 week(s) Days/Time: Mon, Tue, Wed (10:00 to 16:30)

Tutor Approval Required? Yes more info

Course Overview:

Access courses are designed to enable people aged 19+ to gain a qualification which is accepted by universities as an alternative to A Levels. Access courses are delivered over one year as opposed to the two years required for A Levels. An access course is therefore ideal for anyone who left school without formal qualifications, or for people who wish to change career without having to do two years of A levels.

This Level 3 course is an introduction to Computing across a range of topics including Computer Hardware, Software, Operating Systems, Programming, Web Design, Web Development, Databases, Spreadsheets, Word Processing, Systems Analysis, Research Skills, Study Skills and Maths. The course will also help you to improve your writing, ICT and numeracy skills and give you access to a range of University courses. You will receive an Access to HE Diploma on completion of this course with a minimum of 60 credits.

How to Apply - Tutor Approval

Please complete the online Application form and book your interview by clicking Apply Now at the top of this page. If no interview slots are available at the time of your application we will be in touch to arrange an interview date.

To be accepted on the course you must complete the following steps:

  1. Maths and English Assessments: This MUST be done prior to your interview and takes about 1hour, you can come and do this at any time during opening times.
  2. Evidence of skills: You may be required to show evidence of relevant skills either by bringing your certificates or doing an initial assessment task
  3. Interview: The Tutor interview is to ensure that this is the right course for you and that you are fully aware of what is involved in completing the course

On completition of your interview and meeting the other criteria laid out in the application process, successful applicants will be offered a place on to the course.

How to Enrol:

For Information on how to enrol please click here

Entry Requirements:

You will be interviewed to assess whether the course is appropriate for you - it is an intensive year of study designed to prepare you for a university course. Although no formal qualifications are required, some universities require English and/or maths GCSE at Grade C or above, and you should check with your preferred university. You should be able to read and write English fluently

This course is intended for 19 year old and above students.

Maths and English Assessments

Before your tutor interview you are also requested to take an online assessment in Maths and English at the college. This will help us ensure that the course is suitable for you and that you have the right English and maths skills to enjoy the course and succeed.

To help you, have a look at these online resources before you come to college to take the assessment.

Advanced Learner Loans

If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 to 23 you don’t need to take a loan as this course will be free for you.

If you are aged 19 or over and have previously completed a full level 3, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover all or part of the fee. You may be able to take more than one loan depending on the courses you want to study.

Find out more about the loan

Course Content:

Areas of study will include:

Computer Hardware & Software
Computer Networks (incorporating CISCO Academy CCNA Network Fundamentals)
Operating Systems & File Management
Computer Programming Using Java
Website Design, Creation and Development
Word Processing
Maths (including Statistics & Geometry)
Research Skills
Examination Skills
Career Development

Assessment Methods:

Learners will be assessed formally through coursework which will be a combination of written work, production of artefacts, presentations, projects, observations etc. This is a level 3 course and all student work is externally moderated by the relevant board.

Additional Information:

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email You can also make an appointment for further information or tutor approval on our Information Days:

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.

For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.

Bring To First Class:

Notepad, pen & folder for notes, USB stick


Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is needed to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully.

Regular attendance is essential and will be closely monitored. Students not meeting this requirement may be withdrawn from the course.

Further Study and Career Opportunities:

You can progress to a BSc Degree course in Computing in a range of prestigious universities including those which are local such as Kingston, Middlesex and Roehampton All our learners received offers in the last academic year. Learners have been successful in securing university places on courses such as Computer Studies, Web Development and Games Design and Entrepreneurship The course also gives skills appropriate for work within an IT department as a trainee programmer, IT technician, IT analyst, web designer/developer or within networking.

For further information on career opportunities take a look at the Science and Engineering Technicians sectors on the National Career Service website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much homework will I need to do outside of class?
You will need plenty of time outside the course to keep up to date with your coursework. At least an extra free day per week is recommended. January start Access courses are very intensive and require a responsible and self directed approach throughout the study.
What will happen if I miss a class? If you miss a class your coursework will suffer substantially. If you miss four consecutive weeks without notifying RACC you will automatically be withdrawn from the course.

When will the exams take place? There are no exams. You will be continuously assessed based on your in-class and submitted work, and your marked work will be externally verified by OCN at the end of the course.

Do I need any special equipment? A memory stick to save your work is essential. It is useful to have access both to the internet and to the software outside the class so that you can practise what you have learned in class.

Is there any tutorial support? A tutorial system is in place that helps you with your work and planning.

Information Advice and Guidance:

If you are looking for assistance on a new career path, course choice or looking for further opportunities then speak to our Information Advice and Guidance team.


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