Access to Higher Education (HE) prepares adults (aged 19+) 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 our Cambridge Campus, you will study English Literature, History, 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.
Further information on all Access courses, researching your choices for University and help in preparing for interview can be found here https://www.camrevle.com/course/view.php?id=932
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 19-23 with a full Level 3 qualification or aged 24+, you may 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.
Study English Literature, History & Sociology and progress to study a 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.
You will need Level 2 Maths and English, e.g. GCSE Maths and English grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) as a minimum before applying for this course. This is because most degree courses now require at least Level 2 Maths and English in addition to the Access diploma. Occasionally, exceptions are made for this pathway. This can be discussed at the Welcome Event. The Access programme is designed for students who wish to return to study with a view to going on to Higher Education so we need to make sure you are well prepared for this starting point.
If you need to resit 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 you:
* providing a satisfactory reference
* attending taster days: Tuesday 30th June - Thursday 2nd July 2020 (3 days)
Assessment is by coursework. There will be at least one assignment for each unit (four units per subject). These assignments may be written such as essays / research projects; oral e.g. presentations and there may also be examinations at the end of some units.
This programme take one year, 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.