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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: Up-to-date version of Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • 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

Minimum Configurations

  • Intel Core i5 (or equivalent)
  • Operating system: Up-to-date version of Windows, MacOS, or ChromeOS
  • 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.

Additional Notes

Apple Mac Computers

We recommend using a Windows PC or laptop for compatibility as Academy 21 course material is created on Windows computers. Apple Mac computers can be used, although they work with different file types which may require files to be converted. We also recommend using the Google Chrome Web Browser when using an Apple Mac computer.

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 (latest version) 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.


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 or tablet computers when using the Academy 21 Hub. Development is on-going and we look forward to offering this in the future.