Students will study History, Psychology, Law (Introductory) and Sociology. Time is equally split between the core subjects and the specialist subjects. Successful students have progressed to a wide variety of humanities based degrees including Business Management, Primary Teaching, English, Geography, History and Law.
Courses normally start in mid-September and end in mid-June. Taught hours vary between 11 – 15 hours per week depending on the pathway chosen. Courses usually run over 3 days and offer parent friendly hours (i.e. 9.15am to 3.45pm).
The Credit System
The course is credit based. Students need to collect 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 credits at Level 3.
Level 3 awards are available at Pass, Merit & Distinction. Most credits are gained by continuous assessment or assignments. The Access programme meets QAA requirements for the award of the Diploma.
The Access to Higher Education programme is designed to give students the necessary grounding to progress on to Higher Education courses. The majority of British Universities will accept Access to Higher Education courses as an alternative to A Levels and other more traditional routes. In previous years students have gained places to train as teachers, others have chosen to follow degrees in a diverse range of subjects, including Anthropology, Law, English, Psychology and Journalism.
All students will study the core subjects, which include:
Access courses provide excellent study skills to prepare you for Higher Education. This will help you to develop your written skills, which is particularly important if you haven’t studied for a number of years. The units contained within, are designed to give students the full confidence that they will need for Higher Education. Skills developed include: Essay writing; referencing; presenting information to peers; how to apply to University; time management; etc.
We have a large network of computers with Internet access and a large range of software. Many of our students have never used a computer, whilst others have considerable experience. Whatever your level, we will help you to develop your skills.
All Access courses include Maths tuition. There is a course requirement for Access students to complete the GCSE equivalence units in Maths. Higher Maths units are also available as an option.
How to apply
You will need to fill in an application form and then be invited to the College for an interview where you will have the opportunity to discuss the various courses. Qualifications are not necessary to join the course, just motivation, determination and a desire to apply for a University course in the following year. We welcome mature students from a range of different backgrounds.
Please note that fees may be payable for Access courses.
Telephone: 01872 267000
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