Access to HE Diploma in Electronics with Software Engineering

Is the Course for me?

Are you aged over 19?
Do you have an interest in studying software engineering and electronics?
If you want to go to university and study software engineering and / or electronics at degree level but don’t have the qualifications you need, this course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge that are required for Higher Education.
This course is a level 3 course and is equivalent to three A-levels.

What is involved?

Software engineering and electronics involves the application of software to operate electronic systems and components.
On this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of different fields of software engineering (object-orientated programming, database and website development) and electronic theory (electricity, magnetism and electronics).
You will also learn to design electronic circuits using engineering drawing software. In addition to this you will develop the skills that are required for success in higher education.
Also you will receive advice and guidance while completing your UCAS application to study at university.
The course is taught in a variety of ways, including practical sessions, assignments and group work. You will be continually assessed throughout the year.


The majority of students that successfully complete the course will progress on to a university degree programme, with a focus on software engineering and electronics or a related field.
Other options include progression to a HND or Foundation Degree.
The main focus of Access programmes is to prepare learners for study at university, however some may decide to go into employment. On completion of your course you will receive a profile of credits that will reflect your suitability for your chosen HND or degree programme.

Course Requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years old in order to apply for this course.
  • It would be beneficial to have level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics (however you will be provided with an opportunity to gain a level 2 qualification in GCSE or Functional Skills English and maths).
  • If you do not have formal qualifications for entry, you will need to demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm to study at level 3, as well as demonstrating level 2 abilities in communications and numeracy.