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Access to Higher Education: Information Technology

Study mode Full Time
Level 3
Duration 36 weeks
Subject Digital Technologies
Suitable for Adult (19+)
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Are you aged over 19 and have an interest in studying Information Technology?

If you want to go to university and study information at degree level but do not have the right qualifications, this course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge that are required for Higher Education.

Course content

On this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of information technology such as computer programming, database, spreadsheets and web design alongside the application of numbers. In addition to this, you will develop the skills that are required for success in higher education.

The course is taught in a variety of ways, including practical sessions, assignments and group work. You will be continually assessed throughout the year.

Independent study sessions are run alongside more formal classes and, in your free time, you can use our extensive library, computer and multimedia facilities. You will also be presented with opportunities to join in a wide range of social activities.

Curriculum units

  • Introduction to Programming Implementation
  • Database Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to Visual Programming
  • IT Applications - Applications Software
  • IT Applications - Website Development
  • IT Applications - System Analysis and Design
  • Application of Number - Interpreting and Presenting Information
  • Application of Number - Calculations
  • Computer Networks
  • Graphics and Animation
  • Research Planning Relating to a Professional Body
  • English - Oral Communication
  • Computer Systems - Hardware & Software Components
  • Computer Applications and Implications
  • Research: Extended Research Project

Qualifications on completion

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Information Technology

Entry requirements

You must be at least 19 years old at the beginning of the course and hold a minimum of level 2 qualifications in both English and Mathematics.

However, if you have already achieved a level 2 qualification in one of these subjects, you will have the option to gain a level 2 qualification in GCSE or Functional Skills English or Maths where applicable.


You will be able to progress to an HND, Foundation Degree or Honours Degree course at university, with a focus on the subject of Information Technology and computing or a related field.

On completion of your course, you will receive a profile of credits that will reflect your suitability for your chosen HND or degree programme.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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Course code SC010009
Start date 4 Sep 2023
Location Institute of Technology
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