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Access to Higher Education (Computer Science and Maths)

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Access to Higher Education (Computer Science and Maths)

This Course at a Glance 

  • Understand the mathematical foundations of computer science 
  • Study artificial intelligence and machine learning at university 
  • Gain the skills needed for senior technical roles 
  • Progress to university without A Levels 
  • Get qualified within a year 
  • Online study 
  • No exams 

About your Diploma 

One thing that is certain about our future is that technology is going to be a key part of it. The more we rely on computers and information technology to advance our lives, make processes more convenient and streamlined, the more society needs qualified professionals to take the reins on digital systems.  

Computing is built on the principles of mathematics. As such, anyone looking to design digital systems and technology needs high level mathematical knowledge to makes sense of the abstract language, algorithms, data structures and differential equations that are involved in their makeup. 

By studying this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Mathematics), you will gain essential knowledge in these fundamental areas and see where these two disciplines intersect and complement each other. 

Through subjects like Differentiation and Integration, Trigonometry and Algebraic Methods, you’ll gain a practical understanding of the use of computers, as well as recognise their limits. 

You’ll also develop essential skills for the industry by studying Networking, Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL), Database Development and Applications, Designing and Developing a Website, Cyber Threats and Legislation, amongst others. 

Computer scientists with good mathematical knowledge are in considerable demand, which is why this course touches on the mathematical components of the subject. In completing this qualification, you position yourself to explore many of the related disciplines at degree level. 

This will allow you to pursue numerous, prosperous and interesting careers such as an Artificial Intelligence Engineer, Interaction Designer, Network Architect or Information Scientist. 

Getting Started 

learndirect is the leading UK online learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Maths) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 

You have up to a year to complete this course, but the flexibility of online learning means most of our students finish their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9 months. As an online course, you can also study from the comfort of home and around your existing commitments.  

You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies.  

*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on a course.

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas (National Average 78.4%)
88%

Unit 1: Preparing to Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback

 Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 4: Using the Internet & Email

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use e-mail
  • Understand how to use the Internet for research and communication
  • Understand how to evaluate Internet resources

Unit 5: Using Spreadsheet Software

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to use spreadsheet software
  • Know how to perform calculations on spreadsheet data
  • Know how to use spreadsheet software to create and develop charts

Unit 6: Database Applications

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand database terminology
  • Be able to apply the principles of creating a simple database using a database application
  • Know how to interrogate databases and create reports
  • Be able to use a database application to create a database for other users

Unit 7: Calculus

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Apply differentiation
  • Apply integration
  • Apply differentiation and integration to solve problems

Unit 8: Cyber Threats and Legislation

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how attacks are carried out
  • Understand the ways in which vulnerabilities can be identified
  • Understand the UK legislation covering cyber security and future strategy
  • Understand international standards

Unit 9: Database Development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the concept of Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD)
  • Understand the implications of database structure in design
  • Understand the principles of relational databases
  • Know how to develop a fully functioning relational database
  • Understand the role of the Database Administrator (DBA)
  • Know the purpose of a Database Management System (DBMS)

Unit 10: Trigonometry

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Apply the trigonometrical functions
  • Apply trigonometry
  • Understand the principles of trigonometric graphs

Unit 11: Fundamentals of Hyper Text Preprocessor (PHP)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP)
  • Understand coding standards
  • Be able to use outputs, variables and programming constructs in PHP
  • Be able to apply and modify programming constructs in a functioning PHP script

Unit 12: Algebraic Methods

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Apply series
  • Apply mathematical operations on logarithms
  • Apply mathematical operations on surds
  • Apply algebraic methods

Unit 13: Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Be able to create and amend databases
  • Be able to enter, amend and delete data from a database table

Unit 14: Statistical Research

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to plan for an investigation within an appropriate subject area
  • Understand how to carry out an investigation by collecting and processing an appropriate range of data
  • Understand how to interpret and analyse results
  • Understand how to evaluate the investigation

Unit 15: Designing and Developing a Website

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to design a website to address loosely-defined requirements
  • Be able to use web development tools to build (X) HTML and CSS-based websites to address well-defined specifications
  • Understand different web development tools, methodologies and technologies
  • Understand the technology and tools needed to use multimedia in the context of a website
  • Be able to embed functional multimedia components in an (X) HTML site

Unit 16: Networking

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know the diverse types of network systems and devices in common use
  • Be able to explain the impact of bandwidth on a network
  • Be able to describe the cable types used in a network
  • Know how different network technologies operate and communicate

If you’re ready to take the next step, you can start your Access to Higher Education Diploma today. But by the time you apply to university, you’ll also need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above to fulfil the entry requirements. 

If you don’t have these right now, you can work towards these while you complete your Access to HE Diploma. This is something that many of our learners do successfully to ensure their university application criteria is met well ahead of applying.  

It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So, you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted.  

In many cases, to get started on a degree you will need: 

  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade  
  • A face-to-face interview at the university  
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university 
  • Course-related work placements or work experience  
  • GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills) 

It is your responsibility to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect will not be held accountable if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.  

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions through your learning platform.

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Computer Science and Mathematics).  

Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills. 

As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma. 

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Mathematics) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012402)

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

By completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Mathematics), you can go on to study complex technical degrees in computer science or machine learning that enable you to explore fascinating topics like artificial intelligence.   

After completing a degree in these areas, you will become eligible for highly skilled roles that are focused on innovation and digital exploration. As this skillset is in such high demand, there will be professional opportunities in almost any industry of your choosing.  

You could become an: 

  • Artificial Intelligence Engineer 
  • Applications Developer 
  • Business Intelligence Developer 
  • Cyber Security Analyst 
  • Forensic Computer Analyst 
  • Game Designer 
  • Interaction Designer 

You may also want to consider the following professions: 

  • Information Scientist 
  • Machine Learning Engineer 
  • Network Architect 
  • Robotic Scientist 
  • Software Engineer 
  • UX Designer 

Further Qualifications and Prospects  

As these roles require an exceptional level of skills and knowledge, you will likely find that you will need to have postgraduate qualifications to advance in your career. Not to mention undergo continual training to keep up with industry developments as they occur.  

Computer technology is evolving all the time, so you will need to be prepared for ongoing education if you want to be a successful professional in the computer science industry. Thankfully, this Access to Higher Education Diploma provides you with your ticket to higher level study, so you can work your way up the ranks and become a senior computer science professional.  

If you want to teach computer science or related IT subjects in secondary schools, you would also need to obtain a teaching qualification. 

Access to Higher Education (Computer Science and Maths)

This Course at a Glance 

  • Understand the mathematical foundations of computer science 
  • Study artificial intelligence and machine learning at university 
  • Gain the skills needed for senior technical roles 
  • Progress to university without A Levels 
  • Get qualified within a year 
  • Online study 
  • No exams 

About your Diploma 

One thing that is certain about our future is that technology is going to be a key part of it. The more we rely on computers and information technology to advance our lives, make processes more convenient and streamlined, the more society needs qualified professionals to take the reins on digital systems.  

Computing is built on the principles of mathematics. As such, anyone looking to design digital systems and technology needs high level mathematical knowledge to makes sense of the abstract language, algorithms, data structures and differential equations that are involved in their makeup. 

By studying this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Mathematics), you will gain essential knowledge in these fundamental areas and see where these two disciplines intersect and complement each other. 

Through subjects like Differentiation and Integration, Trigonometry and Algebraic Methods, you’ll gain a practical understanding of the use of computers, as well as recognise their limits. 

You’ll also develop essential skills for the industry by studying Networking, Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL), Database Development and Applications, Designing and Developing a Website, Cyber Threats and Legislation, amongst others. 

Computer scientists with good mathematical knowledge are in considerable demand, which is why this course touches on the mathematical components of the subject. In completing this qualification, you position yourself to explore many of the related disciplines at degree level. 

This will allow you to pursue numerous, prosperous and interesting careers such as an Artificial Intelligence Engineer, Interaction Designer, Network Architect or Information Scientist. 

Getting Started 

learndirect is the leading UK online learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Maths) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 

You have up to a year to complete this course, but the flexibility of online learning means most of our students finish their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9 months. As an online course, you can also study from the comfort of home and around your existing commitments.  

You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies.  

*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on a course.

Modules

Unit 1: Preparing to Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback

 Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 4: Using the Internet & Email

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use e-mail
  • Understand how to use the Internet for research and communication
  • Understand how to evaluate Internet resources

Unit 5: Using Spreadsheet Software

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to use spreadsheet software
  • Know how to perform calculations on spreadsheet data
  • Know how to use spreadsheet software to create and develop charts

Unit 6: Database Applications

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand database terminology
  • Be able to apply the principles of creating a simple database using a database application
  • Know how to interrogate databases and create reports
  • Be able to use a database application to create a database for other users

Unit 7: Calculus

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Apply differentiation
  • Apply integration
  • Apply differentiation and integration to solve problems

Unit 8: Cyber Threats and Legislation

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how attacks are carried out
  • Understand the ways in which vulnerabilities can be identified
  • Understand the UK legislation covering cyber security and future strategy
  • Understand international standards

Unit 9: Database Development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the concept of Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD)
  • Understand the implications of database structure in design
  • Understand the principles of relational databases
  • Know how to develop a fully functioning relational database
  • Understand the role of the Database Administrator (DBA)
  • Know the purpose of a Database Management System (DBMS)

Unit 10: Trigonometry

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Apply the trigonometrical functions
  • Apply trigonometry
  • Understand the principles of trigonometric graphs

Unit 11: Fundamentals of Hyper Text Preprocessor (PHP)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP)
  • Understand coding standards
  • Be able to use outputs, variables and programming constructs in PHP
  • Be able to apply and modify programming constructs in a functioning PHP script

Unit 12: Algebraic Methods

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Apply series
  • Apply mathematical operations on logarithms
  • Apply mathematical operations on surds
  • Apply algebraic methods

Unit 13: Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Be able to create and amend databases
  • Be able to enter, amend and delete data from a database table

Unit 14: Statistical Research

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to plan for an investigation within an appropriate subject area
  • Understand how to carry out an investigation by collecting and processing an appropriate range of data
  • Understand how to interpret and analyse results
  • Understand how to evaluate the investigation

Unit 15: Designing and Developing a Website

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to design a website to address loosely-defined requirements
  • Be able to use web development tools to build (X) HTML and CSS-based websites to address well-defined specifications
  • Understand different web development tools, methodologies and technologies
  • Understand the technology and tools needed to use multimedia in the context of a website
  • Be able to embed functional multimedia components in an (X) HTML site

Unit 16: Networking

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know the diverse types of network systems and devices in common use
  • Be able to explain the impact of bandwidth on a network
  • Be able to describe the cable types used in a network
  • Know how different network technologies operate and communicate

Requirements

If you’re ready to take the next step, you can start your Access to Higher Education Diploma today. But by the time you apply to university, you’ll also need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above to fulfil the entry requirements. 

If you don’t have these right now, you can work towards these while you complete your Access to HE Diploma. This is something that many of our learners do successfully to ensure their university application criteria is met well ahead of applying.  

It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So, you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted.  

In many cases, to get started on a degree you will need: 

  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade  
  • A face-to-face interview at the university  
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university 
  • Course-related work placements or work experience  
  • GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills) 

It is your responsibility to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect will not be held accountable if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.  

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions through your learning platform.

Assessment

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Computer Science and Mathematics).  

Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills. 

As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma. 

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Mathematics) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012402)

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

By completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science and Mathematics), you can go on to study complex technical degrees in computer science or machine learning that enable you to explore fascinating topics like artificial intelligence.   

After completing a degree in these areas, you will become eligible for highly skilled roles that are focused on innovation and digital exploration. As this skillset is in such high demand, there will be professional opportunities in almost any industry of your choosing.  

You could become an: 

  • Artificial Intelligence Engineer 
  • Applications Developer 
  • Business Intelligence Developer 
  • Cyber Security Analyst 
  • Forensic Computer Analyst 
  • Game Designer 
  • Interaction Designer 

You may also want to consider the following professions: 

  • Information Scientist 
  • Machine Learning Engineer 
  • Network Architect 
  • Robotic Scientist 
  • Software Engineer 
  • UX Designer 

Further Qualifications and Prospects  

As these roles require an exceptional level of skills and knowledge, you will likely find that you will need to have postgraduate qualifications to advance in your career. Not to mention undergo continual training to keep up with industry developments as they occur.  

Computer technology is evolving all the time, so you will need to be prepared for ongoing education if you want to be a successful professional in the computer science industry. Thankfully, this Access to Higher Education Diploma provides you with your ticket to higher level study, so you can work your way up the ranks and become a senior computer science professional.  

If you want to teach computer science or related IT subjects in secondary schools, you would also need to obtain a teaching qualification. 

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
88%
(National Average 78.4%)

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