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Computing (Online Course)

Course Code: CMPONL
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Access, Diploma
  • Awarding body: Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA)
  • Duration: One year
  • Course type: Distance learning, FREE (Eligibility Applies)
  • Time of day: Flexible
  • When you'll study: Distance learning

What's it all about?

Access to Higher Education courses are designed for students aged 19 or over. If you are aged 18 or under, this course may not be suitable for you. Please contact us on or 01752 305300 if you would like any help discussing alternative options. 

Do you want to train or retrain for a career in Software Development or the myriad other roles within the Computing and IT industries? This online CAVA Access to HE course at City College Plymouth will help you to develop sought after computing skills and knowledge, allowing you to be fully prepared to study computing or IT subjects at university. This one year, full-time Access to Higher Education computing course provides an intensive introduction to computer science, teaching you skills in a variety of areas including programming, web development, maths (for computing) and networking. Those successfully completing this course will be offered a place on our foundation degree level courses in software development or hardware, possibly leading to our University of Plymouth affiliated BSc Applied Computer Science degree here at the College. Progression to a wide range of computing based university courses throughout the UK is also possible upon completion of this course. 


IMPORTANT: Please note the College degree courses are a suggested progression route, you must check with your preferred higher education institution to ensure that this course meets their entry requirements.

Course information

You’ll get hands-on experience through a broad range of projects and coursework to develop a solid grounding in the key areas of computer science.

Course Modules contain:

  • web design and creation
  • database design and creation
  • network infrastructure
  • computer science basics
  • python programming
  • java programming
  • systems analysis skills
  • cyber security
  • mathematical processes for computer science
  • + many other core computing skills.
NOTE: Alongside your main studies, the Access course is designed to ensure you achieve a maths and English qualification at the appropriate level for entry to higher education. This will be discussed at the interview.

This online only, distance learning course requires students to have already achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 (and Science for Access to Education for certain courses). Student must be over 19 and be highly motivated, self directed with excellent ICT skills.

Students who would like to apply but find that their qualifications don’t meet the entry criteria are encouraged to contact us on 01752 305300 to discuss a suitable alternative course.

Entry Requirements for International Students

The College welcomes applications from international students, however you are strongly recommended to clarify with your chosen university your responsibilities as an international student. You may be required to complete an IELTS or CEFR recognised equivalent test score exam prior to interview or record IELTS 5.5 on your application. There may also be funding implications relating to your international student status. Please ensure that you are clear of university entry requirements for international students.

All assessment is evaluated through delivery of both written and creation-based coursework.
The course currently contains one exam in python programming, with all other coursework being practical-based.

Those completing this course may be offered progression on to degree level courses at the College in Software Development or Computer Systems Development. This course will also prepare you academically for study at a range of universities on related computer science degree courses.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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