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Course information

Course Summary

The Access to HE Computing will set you on the right track for a career in IT and Telecoms. Digital Technologies such as Software Engineering and Network Security are a growth area for job opportunities in London and the South east. This course is designed to give upskill adult learners to gain the skills and knowledge they need to gain employment in the IT Sector or move on to further study of Computing at a University level.

Course Code:N3801
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Award:Level 3 Access Diploma
Course Length

One year, 2 days per week - Wednesdays and Fridays

Start Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2022 at 10am

Course Detail

This is a work-related course, with assignments based on real life problems that occur within the IT Sector. You will learn about software and hardware technologies used in industry and apply these technologies in the design and creation of applications and hardware systems.

Study Skills are an integral part of this course. Web Design, Programming and Networking are covered in depth in this course together with a range of appropriate languages. Visits are arranged with local employers to give an insight into how systems are used in the workplace.

You will have the opportunity to access fully equipped tech labs as well as industry standard software.

You will study units on study skills and preparing for higher education as well as subject specific units designed to give you and introduction to the core computing disciplines. These will include:

  • Operating Systems and System Management
  • Configuring and Administering a Server
  • Introduction to Routers and TCP IP
  • WAN and Wireless Networking
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Website Design and Creation
  • Creating Database Driven Web Pages using ASP

Classroom activities will involve group work, peer assessment, discussion, written work and assignment work. Lectures, Demonstrations, Self-directed study, Practical work, Presentations, Tutorials and Online Reading. You will be assessed in various ways including Observations, Group work, written assessment, Tests and Exams, Oral presentations, Project and time constrained assessments.

Course Fees


*Exam fee included

Concession: YES
Government Subsidised: YES
Student Loan Available: YES

Please note: Fees are for 2022/23 entry and are for home and EU students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Entry Requirements

Learners will need to have four GCSEs grades C/4 or above (including Maths or English) or a Level 2 qualification equivalent or higher. Learners will also be subject to an assessment interview with the course leader.

Your Next Steps

The course will prepare the student for employment as

  • IT operations technician
  • IT infrastructure technician
  • Software tester
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Technician
  • Learners are also able to progress to a Degree in Computing
Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 25/05/2022