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Access to University (Computing and IT) - Level 3

Access to University (Computing and IT) - Level 3


This course is designed for mature learners who want to study towards a degree in computer science or other computing disciplines.

The course aims to develop the skills and self-confidence in learners necessary to progress to their chosen course in higher education.

The awarding body for this course is CAVA, click the link to find out more.

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Start dates and fees

  • September 2023.
  • £3,928

This is a new course and subject to run based on application numbers.

Start DatePart/Full-timeCodeFeeActions
Sep 2023FT2797A1646FREEFREE* to £3928.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

  • Cyber security
  • E-commerce
  • Maths
  • Database design
  • Spreadsheet design
  • Computer networks
  • Computer programming
  • Website design

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4 in English and maths.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan is a new scheme introduced by the government to help mature learners study for qualifications that will improve their employability and develop high level skills and knowledge.

Loans are specifically designed for those aged 19 and over, who are intending to study on a Level 3 or higher course – including Access to HE Diplomas.

Best of all, if you successfully go on to complete an HE qualification following an Access to University course – you won’t even have to pay the loan back.

It’s easy to apply! To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information, see the Advanced Learner Loan page.

How long is the course?

  • 1 year full-time.

Two full-days per week (usually 9am-4.30pm) and a half-day online session per week (at a time that suits you).

How will I be assessed?

Coursework including essays, presentations, reports and practical projects.


There isn't currently career information listed for this course.

How do I apply?

Apply online

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