Access to Higher Education Diploma


This course offers an alternative Level 3 route to A Levels and BTEC for those who want to progress to higher education but do not have sufficient or suitable qualifications.
There is an emphasis on building your confidence and the course design takes into consideration the possibility that many students may not have been in full-time
education for some time. You will find that you receive a high level of support from both the teaching team and from other members of the group. This course will open doors to university-level qualifications and will prepare
you for studying at this level. Teaching hours are designed to be relatively family friendly.

What does this subject include?

You can study one Access to HE Diploma in one of the following subject areas (courses run subject to sufficient numbers):
• Health Professional
• Science
• Social Science & Humanities
• Social Sciences & Law

One year, with approximately 15 hours of teaching a week. It is also expected that you will study independently for an additional 10 hours a week.

What is the structure of the course?

Course Content
Depending on the subject area chosen, you will study modules in Health Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, English Literature, History, Psychology and Sociology and Law.

Assessment is continuous with a range of assignment methods including essays, reports, presentations and projects and practical work. There will also be some in-class open book and closed book examinations.

What are the entry requirements?

• Grade C (grade 4) or higher in GCSE English language and maths. Grade C in GCSE science for those wanting to progress to primary teaching degrees.
It is possible to take either maths or English GCSE alongside the Access course if necessary.
• For some vocational degrees there will be an expectation of work experience in a relevant area.
• The motivation and determination to succeed on an intensive programme.
Students progress to a wide range of degree
course depending on their chosen subject
• Nursing
• Midwifery
• Paramedicine
• Occupational Therapy
Social Science & Humanities
• Social Work
• Primary Teaching
• Youth Studies
• English
• Creative Writing and History
• Radiography
• Biomedicine
• Environmental Sciences
• Forensic Sciences

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