Access to Higher Education (HE) prepares adults without traditional qualifications such as A Levels for study at university. This diploma is widely recognised by UK universities and Colleges. You will be given the opportunity to develop not only academic knowledge in your chosen subjects but also broader study skills to help you succeed at university.
In this pathway at Huntingdon Campus, you will study English Literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology as well as a compulsory Study Skills course. You will also be assigned a tutor at the start of the course. In additional to tutorial, your tutor will closely monitor and track your progress in one to one sessions and be able to help you reach your potential.
You are advised to apply for this course between November 2020 and June 2021. Interviews start in February and this is a popular course.
If you are aged between 19-23 and do not have a Level 3 qualification already, there will be no tuition costs. If you are aged between 19-23 with a full level 3 (e.g. 2 A levels) or aged 24+, you may also qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay your Access course tuition fees (see http://www.camre.ac.uk/adult-learners/24plus-loans/). This loan may be written off, if you then go on to complete a Higher Education qualification. Please contact our Learner Futures Centre on 01223 226315 or email email@example.com. You may also be eligible for financial support towards such costs as travel, equipment, books and childcare.
If you are applying as an International Student, please contact our International Centre via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 00 44 (0)1223 226317.
Many Access students feel they have not yet fully developed their potential and the programme offers them the chance to get to grips with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to succeed in Higher Education.
Learners who undertake this pathway will be able to apply for a wide variety of Humanities, Arts, Political and Social Science subjects at degree level. Specific examples of degrees include Journalism, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, History & Events Management. Students wishing to study business related or computing courses at university often take this Access pathway, although students should check with the Higher Education provider whether this pathway is acceptable for particular business degree courses.
We have an excellent track record of student progression into universities, including Cambridge.
Please note: you are normally required to have GCSE Maths grade C and GCSE English at C (or new grading 9-4 for GCSE Maths and English) or Level 2 Maths and English equivalent as a minimum before applying for this course. This is because most degree courses now require at least Level 2 Maths & English. Occasionally, exceptions are made for this pathway. This can be discussed at the Welcome Event.
If you need to re-sit GCSE Maths or English, alongside the Access programme, you will be required initially to complete a diagnostic test in English/Maths prior to the start of the course, to judge suitability.
Please research HE requirements very carefully. A STRONG COMMITMENT IS NEEDED AS THE COURSE IS VERY INTENSIVE.
Acceptance onto the Access programme is conditional on:
• A satisfactory reference
• Attending taster days: Monday 29th June to Wednesday 1st July 2020 (3 days)
• Completing any summer work and a draft of your personal statement over the summer
Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.
Assessment is by coursework. The Access diploma consists of 60 credits, 45 of which are graded. Credits are awarded through assessment at the end of or during each module. These assessments may be written such as essays / research projects; oral e.g. presentations and there may also be examinations.
This programme takes 35 weeks, starting at the beginning of September and finishing in late June the following year. In addition to timetabled classes, it is expected that students will complete at least 15 hours of further independent study per week.