International Access Programme
ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Information and Digital Technologies
The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Information and Digital Technologies is a 60-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to an A Level or Access to HE qualification. It has been designed for learners who wish to progress to a Bachelor’s degree and may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required.
The qualification aims to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of a range of topics within the Information and Digital Technology environment. These topics will allow learners to develop practical and theoretical approaches to solving problems and finding solutions using Information and Digital Technologies.
This qualification sits within a suite of ATHE L3 qualifications, which is called the International Access Programme (IAP). Each qualification has a credit value of 60. Learners may choose to study one or more of the qualifications in this suite. Extending the learning to more than one qualification will increase knowledge, understanding and the development of a range of study skills. It will also increase the total number of credits achieved so learners are more qualified to access higher education, higher level apprenticeships or employment.
At a glance:
- Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction
- Advanced learner loans available in the UK – See the latest Qualifications catalogue
- Progression to a bachelor’s degree at a range of university partners –https://www.athe.co.uk/progression-routes
- 600 learning hours, usually studied over 4 months to an academic year
- Designed with support from universities
- Can be delivered in the classroom, by distance or blended learning.
Learners must complete all 4 mandatory units.
To see the contents of each unit you can view the Qualification Specification.
Introduction to Computer Programming
This unit aims to provide learners with fundamentals of computer programming. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding by investigating the range of languages available, example uses and the similarities across different languages.
Introduction to Computing Mathematics
This units aims to provide an overview of the mathematical skills required for computer programming. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding in the areas of mathematics that are used when working with a computing programming language.
Introduction to Cyber Security
This unit aims to provide an overview of cyber security and the importance of keeping yourself and systems safe when online. Learners will develop an understanding of the basics of security and the appropriate measures to take to reduce security risks.
Introduction to Digital Technologies
This units aims to provide an overview of the range of digital technologies available across different business sectors and environments. Learners will investigate the different areas and develop knowledge and understanding about the importance of digital technologies in today’s world.
Learners who complete this qualification can progress to study a variety of bachelor’s degrees at a university such as one of our partner universities. For information on ATHE university top-ups please see our Progression Routes here.
Age: 16 +
- 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
- other related level 2 subjects
- other equivalent international qualifications
- Information Sheet
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