Digital Technologies and Computer Science - Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma - CCCG
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Digital Technologies and Computer Science - Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma

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Start Date: 2 September 2024
Attendance: Full Time
Location: Tottenham Centre
Most suitable for: Adults
Duration: 1 Year
Level: Level 3


If you would like to study Computing at university but left school without the qualifications you need, then this Access to HE course could be for you. Each year, over 20,000 Access to HE students apply for a degree course at a UK university; if you complete a relevant degree at university, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off by Student Finance England.

This course will help you get the qualifications you need to study computing, or a related course, at university. The qualification will provide you with an intensive introduction to the ideas, mathematical and computing skills, in a variety of areas of study including programming, web development and networking.

You will also learn key presentation, seminar, and writing skills that will be crucial at the university level. Throughout the course, you will undertake a research project and participate in lessons to prepare you for higher education, helping you focus on developing your academic, literacy and examination skills.


You will learn:

  • Report Writing
  • Sourcing and Reading Information
  • Examination Skills: Preparing for and succeeding in an Examination
  • Writing and Delivering Seminar Papers
  • Preparation for Higher Education
  • Extended Project
  • Database Theory and Normalisation
  • Arrays and Data Type
  • Introductions to Robotics
  • Cyber Security
  • Computer Networks
  • Software Testing Principles
  • Numerical Methods
  • Algebra
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Vectors and Matrices
  • Handling Scientific Data


You will need:

  • To be aged 19 or older
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above (or A*-C) or English and Maths Functional Skills at Level 2
  • Level 2 qualification in ICT or computing

All applicants must have an interview and assessment to confirm that the course suits them.


This course is assessed through coursework assignments, tests and examinations throughout the course, which are set and marked by your teachers and externally moderated by OCN London.

Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on several set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations and tests.


Adults - Access to Higher Education

If you will be aged 19 to 23 prior to the start date of your course, and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification, you may be eligible for a Level 3 entitlement, in which case your study with us will be free. Otherwise, you will have to pay the fees yourself or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Please see here for the documents you will need to show us.

Some courses will have other associated costs, such as for specialist materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support, see here for details.

If you are aged 19-24, and this is your first Level 3 course, you may be eligible for free tuition. 

If you are 24 years or older, you will need to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a Higher Education degree course at university. This means you do not have to repay the Advanced Learner Loan if you then go on to complete a university degree course.


Once you have completed your Access to HE course, you can progress to a Higher Education degree at a university or college including Russel Group universities such as Queen Mary University, University College London, or King's College London. 

You should check requirements for specific degree courses - different Higher Education institutions may have different entry requirements for similar courses.


of people went into Education, not Higher Education, after completing the course
of people went into Higher Education after completing the course


Besjana Begaj

Besjana is an ICT and Computing Lecturer with a Bachelors Degree and a Masters in Engineering as well as a teaching qualification in Education and Training. Besjana has also taught high-level maths lessons and enjoys teaching these courses because they are ever-changing and help students develop problem-solving abilities that are essential in today's digital environment. Besjana feels teaching adults and 16–18-year-olds is a rewarding experience, and our commitment to innovation and diversity at CCCG is inspiring. Discover the dynamic world of ICT and Computing and thrive on this adventure by applying now!

David Ward

David is an experienced ICT instructor with a passion for computer programming. He has worked in the IT sector for over eight years and holds a Bachelor's degree in Management and Computing. David has contributed to education in various settings, including GCSE and higher education, and has earned a Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for Further Education.

Before he started teaching, David gained practical experience in the IT sector, working on various projects, from software development to web apps. This experience gave him valuable insights and a deep understanding of ICT.

David finds teaching adults and students in the 16-18 age group to be an enriching experience. He enjoys fostering a collaborative and mature learning environment, which allows for real-world context and diverse perspectives. David particularly appreciates the enthusiasm for technology and the thirst for knowledge that the 16-18 age group possesses.

Working at CCCG has been a fulfilling and transformative experience for David. He finds the institution's commitment to fostering a holistic learning experience to be inspiring. Collaborating with colleagues who share a passion for education and technology creates a vibrant atmosphere where innovative teaching practices can thrive.

David is excited to continue nurturing the next generation of tech-savvy individuals and contributing to the dynamic field of computer programming at CCCG. He finds joy in witnessing students grasp intricate programming concepts and is eager to continue his journey as an educator.

Durga Rajan

Dr. Durga Rajan became a part of the College of Haringey, Enfield, and Northeast London in January 2023. Durga's academic journey began with a BTEC in Information Technology at Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology. She further fuelled her passion for technology through an MTech in Information Technology at SNS College of Technology. In July 2023, she achieved her Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering from SRM University, Kattankulathur, Chennai, India.

She has 13+ years of teaching experience and her commitment to education is evident. Her roles have been diverse, from a Research Scholar at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, where she handled labs in Data Structures and Computer Networks, and Python programming. Before that, she was an Assistant Professor at Agni College of Technology and Prathyusha Engineering College, SNS College of Technology - INDIA. She taught subjects such as Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography, Software Engineering, Computer Networks, and Web Technology while taking on various departmental responsibilities. Her dedication extends beyond the classroom. She is an active researcher with multiple publications and holds two patents. Her technical skills encompass Python, C Programming, HTML and CSS, Machine Learning, and Network Security.

Furthermore, Durga is a fellow member of IEI and a lifetime member of ISTE. She has contributed as a reviewer for research publications and received recognition as a Best Innovator's Teacher. Her multifaceted involvement in academia and her passion for technology makes Durga Rajan an asset to Capital City College Group.

Naureen Farhan

Naureen joined CONEL in 2023. She began her academic career in 2012 as a lecturer teaching various courses of Computer Science in the Higher Education sector of Pakistan. She taught from Jan 2014 - Feb 2023 at Bahria University as an Assistant Professor to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her research interest is the 5G Networks. Other areas of interest include Machine Learning, Research Methodology, and Radio Resource Management in 4G and 5G Networks. 

Naureen is highly skilled and holds an MS in Computer Sciences from SZABIST, Pakistan and a PhD in Computer Sciences from Bahria University, Pakistan.

Mariusz Zurawski

Mariusz joined The College of Haringey, Enfield and North and East London in September 2012. He is a fully qualified Further Education Lecturer with a focus on providing exceptional educational experiences to a diverse student body. With several years of experience, he has developed a reputation for building strong relationships with his learners, offering support and guidance throughout their educational journeys. Mariusz's teaching style is characterised by his ability to create a positive and engaging classroom environment, often incorporating humour to make the learning experience enjoyable for his students.

Holding a DTLLS teaching qualification, Mariusz specialises in a broad range of subjects, including GCSE Maths, Functional Skills Maths, Level 3 Mathematics Units in Access to Higher Education in Computing, and IT courses from Levels 1 to 3. Along with his dynamic teaching methods, Mariusz employs a variety of teaching and learning approaches to ensure that his lessons are both engaging and challenging. His commitment to fostering a supportive and enjoyable learning environment sets him apart as an outstanding educator.

Laima Ceslikauske

Laima joined CCM department at CONEL in 2018 as a teacher of English Functional skills. Laima studied 'Teaching English' at a Teacher Training college in Lithuania for four years and then graduated from a Pedagogical University with a BA in English Philology. She has also completed a CELTA course in 2014, a Specialist Diploma in Teaching Literacy and ESOL in 2017 and a Diploma in Education at CONEL in 2018.

Laima has been teaching English since 1995 in schools and private language centres. She took part in various extracurricular activities, and learner behaviour management and for a few years took the role of managing the team of English teachers at a secondary school. She has a great interest in languages and the development of modern technologies as well as teaching innovations.

The teachers listed may change, these shown are an example of the teachers who teach on these programmes.

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