Computing - Access to HE Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Computing

Attendance Full-Time


This course allows you to gain knowledge and skills within a wide variety of subject areas required by the IT industry.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Trevelyan Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is aimed at those aged 19 or above if you want to progress to university but don't have traditional entry criteria such as A Levels.

This course allows you to complete a level 3 qualification in one year.

The Access course has been designed for those adults who feel they missed out on higher education when they were younger or would like a change of career. The programme aims to provide a firm foundation for study at degree level. Study skills and educational guidance form essential parts of the course.

Tutorial sessions support learners and offer guidance with the UCAS process and study skills.

The Diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto higher education. You will have homework and assignment work set each week with strict deadlines. There is at least 20 hours of additional study at home each week. Additional support is available for students for particular difficulties/needs.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will gain an Access to HE Diploma: Computing.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

The course consists of the following modules:

  • Relational Database Software
  • Understanding Organizational Network Security
  • Web Page Design
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Programming Principles
  • Internet
  • Research Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Researching and Understanding Opportunities for Study at Higher Education
  • Personal Development and Learning Skills

The course allows you to build your subject knowledge and skills alongside academic and employability skills.

Learning Methods

Self-directed study
Practical work
Online reading and research

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in various ways, including:

Group work
Written assignment
Oral presentations

Progression Opportunities

We offer a range of foundation or bachelour degree courses through the Newcastle College  University Centre, or external higher education, into employment or a Higher Level Apprenticeship.

Career Opportunities

You will gain the skills required to be able to undertake a career in any of the following subject areas: Security & Networking, Software Development, Web Development/Design, IT Support/Technician, Software Development, Computing.

Entry Requirements

You should have 5 GCSEs at grade A-C or 9 to 4 including English Language and Maths, or a relevant Level 2 , or,  First Diploma at Merit level together with Key/Functional Skills Maths and English at level 2.

What we look for in a successful applicant:

  • Motivation to progress onto higher education
  • Evidence of recent study (desirable but not compulsory)
  • A letter of application / interview that demonstrates your commitment to study, considers the reality of study, shows some idea about what subject they intend to study at university and mentions which higher education institutions you intend to apply.
  • Evidence of qualifications in Maths and English Language (GCSE A to C/9-4).
  • IELTS score of 5.5 or above for students where English is a second language
  • a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Powerpoint

If you are an overseas student you also need an English language test score of level 5 or above.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.