@ s0phie888 Hello!
I’ve taught on an Access to HE program for over 10 years so I can help.
Access is essentially three A levels squashed into one year and is designed for mature adult students over 19, some providers will enrol learners who are 18 (they still get the funding) but a lot do not because there is a high drop out rate of 18-year-olds.
If you haven’t done a Level 3 course before at your age it will be free, if you went away and came back a few years down the line you can apply for the advanced learner loan which is written off when you graduate (this is the main appeal to learners who are about 24 +)
You are best applying for an Access to HE Computing course, it may have a slightly different title which does not matter, the key thing is the three modules that you do.* I would speak to the course co-ordinator to check that they match up with what you want to do – to be extra safe I would speak to the University admissions tutor to see if they match up.
Programs are generally better if they take place in an F.E college as there is an in person support network to help you with UCAS and general student support enquiries, but there are some good online ones.* Make sure a course is validated by an awarding body to check it is accredited, the one in the North West is Open Awards.
Universities love Access students due to the extra life experience, in my area (Nursing and Midwifery) universities hoover up (metaphorically) my Access students
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