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Access to Higher Education (Computing in Business)

Why study this course?

Our Access to Higher Education courses build the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to progress on to higher education in the subject area youre interested in. They are recognised as entry qualifications by universities across the UK.

What will I study?

You will gain a good introduction to your chosen subject, develop your study skills and increase your confidence and ability with this level of study. The course takes one year and, on completion, you will gain an Access to Higher Education Diploma. All pathways will include compulsory English and maths, as well as research skills units. You will also need to have good IT skills as all of your assignments will be carried out using either Word, Excel or PowerPoint. You can undertake IT Skills at our Learning Centres based in Corby and Kettering.

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

This programme is recognised by all UK universities and higher education establishments as an entry qualification for degree level study. Previous students have progressed on to degrees and Higher National Diplomas both at Tresham University Centre and other universities in a wide range of subject areas.

How will I be assessed?

Course assessment is carried out through a variety of methods, including essays, seminars, projects, presentations and exams.

Are there any additional costs?

If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at

Is there anything else I need to know when considering this course?

In order for learners to progress on to an undergraduate degree at a British university, it is essential that learners have achieved a minimum of a grade C in GCSE Maths and English (and Science if they wish to train as a Primary School teacher). Any learner who has not achieved these qualifications prior to enrolling on to the Access to HE programme should enrol on to our Pre-Access programme, which consists of Maths, English and/or Science GCSE as well as the academic study skills package taught on the Access programme. (Please note, only Science GCSE may be sat alongside the Access course). Learners wishing to undertake the Pre-Access to HE GCSE retake programme must have achieved either a Grade D in their GCSE retake subject or achieved Level 2 in a respective Functional Skill.

All applicants must attend an interview and provide GCSE certificates and an academic/employment reference stating their suitability for the course at the time of interview. All applicants should also ensure that they have already chosen their five university options prior to attending the interview.

You will be in college for three days per week and for most Access courses will have to also undertake a relevant work placement for up to 150 hours (which is a requirement for some courses). A work placement officer may be able to support you in finding suitable places. You may have to
complete a successful DBS check. If you are successful you may qualify for a free place. Alternatively, we offer Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds.