Key course information
Access to Higher Education
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If you are aged 18 or over and are interested in improving your qualifications, taking a Higher Education course or pursuing a new career, but are unable to commit to a full-time study programme then this is the course for you!Access courses are intended for adults who do not have A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications, and enable you to prepare for, and gain entry to, degree and other Higher Education programmes.You may have some qualifications already, for example GCSEs or an A level, but not enough to get into university.You will require GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above before you start the course, as this is a requirement for nearly all university courses, but above all, you will have made a conscious decision to return to education and bring a commitment and wider life experience to your studies.The course aims to prepare you to progress to Higher Education, develop you as an independent learner and provide you with an awareness of opportunities for personal and professional development
What will I learn?
You will need to study:
Three academic specialist subjects
(Biology, Psychology and Sociology)
Only the Access to Health and Social Care diploma is available by the part-time mode of study
You will need:
Commitment to study for a year
Knowledge of your intended university course
A passion for study and a keen interest in the specialist subjects studied
You will require GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (formerly C) or above before you start the course, as this is a requirement for nearly all university courses.
If you want to go into primary teaching, you will need a GCSE in a science subject.
Although not essential for other careers, a science GCSE is highly desirable for all students on this course, as the Biology component is very demanding.
In addition to the above you must gain some relevant experience if you are intending to study for nursing, midwifery or social work as places for these courses are becoming more competitive at interview.
If you are considering an Access to Higher Education Course but do not currently meet the entry criteria, our Pre-Access programme provides the opportunity to study towards GCSEs in English, Maths and Biology in preparation for entry to the Access course the following September.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Independent study is essential for the purposes of reviewing work covered in class, research, work on assignments and revision for examinations.
It is only possible to give indicative guidelines regarding the minimum times to allocate for this as it will depend on many factors such as previous learning and aptitude for a given subject. However a typical student needs to study an additional 10 hours each week out of class. We suggest that if you are at work during the daytime on weekdays you should allocate one weekday evening and one weekend day for independent study.
Additional Costs and Information
You will need to purchase books as part of your studies. You may choose to buy some of the recommended texts, although some copies of relevant texts will be available in the Library. Some students may qualify for financial assistance from the College's Learner Support Fund to offset some of these costs.
The easiest way to apply for this course is online: simply click the button at the top of the page. If you would prefer to complete a paper application form, have any questions about completing your application or need some advice, please contact our Admissions team on 01225 756206.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
Access to Higher Education
- Social Work
- Early Years
- Crime and Criminal Justice
In 2018, median graduate salaries were £10,000 higher in England than non-graduate salaries.
In 2017 – 18, there were 2,341,425 students at UK higher education institutions