Computer Requirements

Recommended configurations

We recommend systems that meet or exceed the following specifications:

  • Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5 (or equivalent) and above
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or more
  • Monitor/Display: 21.5” wide screen or larger monitor / 15" laptop screen
  • Network Adapter: Wired network connection with internet access
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Minimum Configurations

  • Intel Core i5 (or equivalent)
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1 (64-bit)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Monitor/Display: 19.5” wide screen monitor / 15" laptop screen
  • Network Adapter: Wired network connection with internet access / wireless connection with strong signal and internet access

Note: The following lists minimum requirements that allow for network connectivity and other basic functions. If you are planning on purchasing a new computer, please use the recommended configurations above.

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Additional Notes

Apple Mac Computers

We recommend you use a Windows PC or laptop, however, Apple Mac computers can be used. We are obliged to make our users aware that we are unable to support Apple Mac computers as fully as Windows computers. Apple Macs also work with different file types to Windows, therefore, if an Apple Mac is used files may need to be converted for compatibility.

Software Requirements
  • Office 365 software is desirable for all students and compulsory for those studying Functional Skills ICT
  • A PDF viewer – Adobe Reader is recommended.
  • Internet browser – Google Chrome (v70.0 and above) is recommended
Internet Connection

We recommend a wired network connection is used wherever possible rather than Wi-Fi. We recommend a minimum Internet download speed of 10 Mbps.

Printer and Scanner

We recommend that students have access to a printer and scanner for school work as some subjects require the printing and scanning of class exercises and exams.

ChromeBook/Chrome OS

The Chrome Operating System is not supported with our system.

Tablet Computers

Tablet computers, including iPads and Android, are not supported with our system.


All setups will require speakers and a microphone. We recommend the use of a headset which combines both headphones and microphone.

Mobile Devices

We are currently not supporting mobile devices when using the Academy 21 Hub. Development is on-going and we look forward to offering this in the future.