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Start Date 
2 Oct 2019
End Date 
25 Jun 2020
Part Time
Target audience 

A part-time programme of study aimed at those who wish to gain a specialist Level 3 vocational qualification in the Computing sector. This course is primarily designed to progress students to Higher Education qualifications in Computing across a 1 year part-time curriculum. Students will be tutored and educated in a series of computer principles and processes across a variety of computing disciplines, including:

  • Network Security

  • Programming Principles

  • IT Systems

  • Internet
The Level 3 Access to HE Diploma (Computer Pathway) is validated by One Awards.
Entry requirements 

Previous experience in computing and a minimum of 5 GCSE's Grade C or above including English and Maths

Course content 

Units offered include:

  • Ideas & Concepts
  • Computers in Art & Design
  • Communication Through Art & Design
  • Product Design
  • Large Scale Design
  • Typefaces & Letter Forms
  • 2D Animation Production
  • 3D Computer Modelling

Students will also learn to work as a team, manage time, take responsibility for their own work and become self-reliant. There is an expectation that students will work in their own time to complete the necessary reading, homework and assessment tasks.

Teaching & Learning 

Through a combination of practical experience and practical assignments, these vocational qualifications provide Level 3 learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to enter Higher Education.

Assessment criteria 

Assessment during and at the end of each module is classroom/home based. All assessment is internally set and marked against One Award set criteria. Each unit is graded at either Pass, Merit or Distinction with an overall grade awarded on the successful completion of all modules.


Students have the opportunity to progress onto a range of computing degrees at local higher education institutions. Students will have the opportunity to progress onto a range of degree courses such as BSc (Hons) Computing, BSc (Hons) Information Technology and FdSc Computing at Teesside University.

Teesside also accept Access to HE students onto the Computing Foundation Year course which provides additional development in programming and mathematics to enable Access to HE applicants to progress to BSc (Hons) Computer Science if they so wish.

Other information 

The college will recruit learners to the One Award qualifications with integrity. It is expected that students will make every effort to attend all sessions. Students must have a commitment to completing the course. Those with work and/or family commitments should be aware of the duration of the course and the need to attend all classes. The college will take appropriate steps to assess each applicant's potential and make a professional judgement about their ability to complete the programme of study successfully and achieve the qualification. This will include ensuring that applicants have appropriate information and advice about the qualification and that the qualification will meet their needs.

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Application & Enrolment

You are able to apply online for all courses, however to complete your course enrolment fully, you will need to have an interview and then be accepted onto a course. The only courses available to enrol online are Full Cost courses, if you wish to enrol on any other course please call into Student Services or call 01429 295000.

Full Cost course fees are inclusive of VAT.

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