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Computing - Access Course at Harrow College

Course description

Access courses last one year and are designed for people who would like to go on to university but lack the formal qualifications necessary for entry.

Course content

Students will study units in the following areas: Computer Organisation and Networking, Programming, Web Technologies and Databases. Additional subjects studied as part of the course are study skills, Maths and English.

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, practical work in a computer laboratory, blended learning and group and peer work.

Entry requirements

Universities have made GCSE English and Maths A*-C grade a prerequisite for progression from an Access Programme into higher education. Students are therefore required to have either GCSE English or Maths or an appropriate overseas equivalency (evidence will be required). Students will have the opportunity to take either English or Maths GCSE alongside their Access course providing they pass the relevant initial assessment. Prior qualifications for overseas applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


You will be assessed using a range of methods including coursework, exams, assessed practicals and essays. A final portfolio of your work will be submitted to the Awarding Body.

Financial information

Fees payable are shown above or in the Prospectus for Adult Learners. Details of the concessions available and who may qualify are shown on the fees page on the web site and in the Prospectus for Adult Learners. If the College cancels a course before it starts you will be given a full refund. If a course closes for any reason the fees for the remaining part of the course will be refunded. If the college receives a written notice of withdrawal from you at least three working days before a course starts you will receive a refund of the tuition fees. (If you enrol within the three days prior to the start of the course you will not be entitled to a refund). All registration and examination fees are non-refundable. 

Future opportunities

It can lead to opportunities to study at Higher Education level and offer a level 3 qualification in computing.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

A computer with a connection to the internet. Resources such as pens, paper, A4 folders and a USB memory stick.

Additional costs:

If there are any visits arranged during the course you will need to fund these e.g. to universities. Text books will be recommended, some of which you may wish to purchase.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harrow College directly.

Last updated date: 11 March 2016
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