Top Course Highlights
Learn from industry experts
You will be taught by staff with extensive experience who will advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the IT industry.
Develop professional skills
During your tutorial programme you will develop personal and work-related skills which will help prepare you for a successful degree or Apprenticeship in the future.
Enjoy professional teaching
Our lecturers are industry experienced and eager to share all the best practice they have gained from their careers. Additionally, we will ensure that you are prepared for professional exams in the future.
What Will I Learn?
Units that you will study include:
Hardware and Software:
- Have you ever wondered how computer programs interact with the hardware? The Hardware and Software unit covers the hardware of computers and modern components, such as NVME, along with software requirements and processes in a modern operating system.
- What makes an OS work? What is meant by the Kernel and what does it do? In the OS module we cover a range of OS families along with how they relate to industry practice in a range of fields. From penetration testing to networking, you will gain an understanding of how an OS underpins your practice.
- In the only computing security module for an Access course on offer in the South West, we will be looking at how security is becoming an integral part of day-to-day practice in IT, covering common threats, management activities and best practice guidelines in relation to legal obligations.
- For those wanting to stretch their programming legs, our module allows you to build your logical skills from hello world to cloud applets. The unit content includes Python, VB, Linear and Object Orientated Programming.
- Developing a modern and professional website takes a degree of care and attention. Our web design module will cover skills from acquiring a domain to those required for an immersive and modern website. In this unit we look at HTML5 and CSS3, including publishing and hosting a webpage.
- Our Study Skills unit delivers the toolkit required to maximize your potential at university. From planning essays to sitting exams and decoding questions, the Study Skills module will set students up for a smooth transition into higher education, as they will learn referencing and research skills.
Where Will It Take Me?
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to progress onto an Apprenticeship, university course or gain relevant employment within the IT industry.
Some individuals may wish to progress onto a Level 4 course, an example of which is a Network Engineer or Software Developer with City & Guilds. Other students may progress to full degrees, such as Software Development, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, System Security, Computing Technology and Computer Science.
This course is credit based. For each unit completed three credits are awarded. Students are required to gain a minimum of 60 credits in total. 45 credits must be achieved at level 3 from Academic Subject Content (ASC) units and the remaining 15 credits are at level 3 from Higher Education Study Skills (HESS) units.
Credits are achieved by completing units that may consist of several assignments.
All level 3 credits gained from ASC units are awarded a pass, merit or distinction grade based on the quality of the work. Increasingly, universities are making graded offers to Access students that require students to gain a certain number of credits at merit or distinction level.
For certain degrees, some universities require that these be in certain module areas e.g. programming or web design units.
You must attend an interview with the course leader, your experience and/or attitude will be considered.
We recommend that you have GCSE English and Maths at a minimum of Grade 4 (C) before you commence the Access course. However, please contact us to discuss your prior qualifications and planned progression route and we would be happy to advise based on your particular set of circumstances.
It is advisable to check the GCSE requirements for the higher education course you wish to complete following the Access course, as they may have different stipulations.
This course is approximately 30 weeks, starting in September and finishing in May. Taught hours are 15 hours per week plus one and a half hours of tutor sessions. Lectures are taught over two and a half days per week with opportunities to include GCSE Maths/English during your studies. The College day typically starts at 9.15am and ends at 4.15pm.
Awarding Body: CAVA