CAVA Access HE - Diploma Computing (Full Level 3)


This course has been designed to be flexible enough to suit your needs, especially if you have personal, domestic or work responsibilities which need to be fitted around your studies.


Am I Ready?

Prospective students should have both GCSE maths and English at Level 4/Grade C or above. If a student has only one of these qualifications, there may be the opportunity to study maths or English GCSE alongside their Access course, but not both. We strongly recommend that GCSE English is obtained before the start of the Access course.

Course Details

The course enrols twice in every academic year (in September and late January) and all classes are timetabled between the hours of 9.30am - 3.00pm, three days a week, with no classes during the school holidays. The course includes networking, e-commerce, cyber security, programming.  Teaching methods on the course are varied and include lectures, workshops, self-directed research and study, practicals and presentations. The computing modules will be taught within the new Institute of Technology building, which has undergone a recent £2.5 million refit. This is in addition to £90,000 in additional funding to provide state of the art computing, internet and virtual reality equipment. Within the Institute of Technology, HE level computing courses, including higher level apprenticeships, are provided covering areas such as cloud computing, programming and network infrastructure.


Practical observations, assignments, reports, time restricted tasks, presentations.

Fees & Funding

Level 2 / Level 3

Students enrolling onto their first full Level 2 or Level 3 course or below who are aged between 19 and 23 may be able to enrol for free. This is a government initiative and the course offer is subject to change. Grantham College reserves the right to offer a substitute course if the qualification advertised is not funded by the government. This does not affect your rights under Consumer Law.

Adult Learning Loan

Advanced Learning Loan to help with college fees on applicable course. Students won’t have to pay anything back until the end of their course and are earning £27,295 per year. Household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. Eligibility is dependent on course, nationality, and age to meet the ESFA funding eligibility criteria.

Your Next Steps

If you successfully complete this QAA Access course you will be awarded a diploma by CAVA ( This diploma will allow you to progress on to a degree or higher diploma level courses in a wide range of areas including but not limited to:

Higher Education at Grantham College, which provides the level 4 and 5 Higher Technical Qualifications in computing.

Higher level apprenticeships such as the Level 4 Software Developer, Level 4 Network Technician or Leve 4 Data Technician.

A computing role within the IT sector with positions such as Software Developer, Web Developer, Database Developer, PC Support Technician or Network Technician


Course Details
Code: PGA25047 Type: Part Time Dates: 11 September 2023 Days: Monday, Tuesday & Friday
Costs: Registration Fee: £145Tuition Fee: £3783 Entry Requirements: See “Am I Ready?”
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