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Course Code: CMPFT

Level: 3
Subject area: Access to HE
Awarding body: CAVA
Qualification: Access
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Various, 9.00am - 5.00pm

About the course

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 computing and IT industries? This CAVA Access to HE course at City College Plymouth will help you develop new knowledge and computing skills and prepare to study computing or IT subjects at university. This one year, full-time Access to Higher Education computing course provides an intensive introduction to mathematical and computing skills in a variety of areas including programming, web development and networking. Those successfully completing this course will be offered a place on degree level courses in software development or computing at the College. There will also be opportunities to progress to a wide range of university courses throughout the UK. Please note the College course title is a suggested progression route, you must check with your preferred higher education institution to ensure that this course meets their entry requirements.

What you'll learn

You’ll get hands on experience through a broad range of projects to develop a solid grounding in the key areas of computing. 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.

Entry requirements

To succeed on this course you need to be committed towards your study and focused upon your career choice. This route is designed for adult students (19+). Funding is not available for those aged 18 and under, and we would recommend that alternative vocational qualifications are considered which support progression on to further or higher education and employment.

You should have a level 2 qualification in English and maths, however, in exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to take the course without these qualifications.


Assessment methods will include a variety of teaching and learning strategies.

What's next?

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

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: CMPFT

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £3500

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

Steve Levenson

FdSc Software Development

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