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About the course

This is a one year intensive course for mature students (aged 19+). It is designed to prepare you for study on a creative computing and IT related bachelor's degree. The Diploma may also be a beneficial qualification for students looking to go directly into employment in a number of IT, digital media and web development related professions, where Level 3 qualifications are required.

What you will study

  • Digital media production
  • Web authoring
  • Relational databases - MS Access
  • Introduction to programming - Eclipse IDE and Java
  • Networking
  • Current IT systems
  • Study skills
  • English and maths


  • Assessment is on-going and developed through a portfolio of course work
  • A large proportion of your work will be essay or assignment based but you can also expect exams, presentations and project work

Entry requirements

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • GCSEs - grades A* - C / 9 - 4 in English and maths
  • Selection is by interview, initial screening and literacy test

Costs and loans

  • The Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course

Moving forward

  • Creative Computing Foundation Degree
  • Higher National Diploma or degree course at university

Additional Information

  • Access is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain 100% attendance
  • You are expected to self-study for a minimum of 10 extra hours a week in order to manage strict work deadlines and to cope with the work load

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