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Computing (Cloud Computing) Access to Higher Education

This exciting and practical course has been designed to meet the needs of the British computing industry. You will cover a wide range of topics designed to give you the opportunity to specialise later on, these include software design & development, games development, computer systems and mobile applications. You will also cover a module called the HE Toolkit which gives you study skills for university.

Key skills you will learn;
• SQL (Programming Language)
• JavaScript (Programming Language)
• Agile Methodology
• C# (Programming Language)
• Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
• .NET Framework
• HyperText Markup Language (HTML)
• Java (Programming Language)
• Software Development
• Microsoft Azure
• Amazon Web Services
• PHP (Scripting Language)
• Application Programming Interface (API)

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Computer Science & ICT
Course Type
Access to HE
Matthew Boulton College,
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
31 weeks

Entry Requirements

You will need to be working at level 2 English and maths and demonstrate your commitment to the course. You should have had a period of time away from studying and have an interest in pursuing a career in the IT professions. Applicants need to be 19 years old or over.

Delivery and Assessment

This course is assessed by coursework which emphasises practical work and any work place experience you may have. Coursework may involve essays, presentations, reports, discussions and a portfolio of evidence.


Most students progress onto degree courses which after completion can lead to careers in a wide range of areas. These include games development, software design and work with databases, computer animation and systems development.

Career Opportunities

  • Information technology and telecommunications directors Web design and development IT specialist managers Information technology and telecommunications professionals IT project and programme managers IT operations technicians IT business analysts
  • architects and systems designers Programmers and software development professionals