Access to HE enables adults without qualifications such as A levels to progress on to Higher Education. The Access to HE Diploma is widely recognised by UK Universities and Colleges. In this pathway, you will study Human Biology, Psychology and Sociology. The lessons are taught every Tuesday evening (18.00-21.00) with one Saturday class a month (09.00-15.00).
In addition to this, you are required to attend six additional Thursday evenings (18.00-20.00) between Sept-Jan. This will enable you to complete your Study Skills component, which is an essential part of your Diploma. As the course progresses, additional classes in your subjects are put on to cover the course content.
In addition to the compulsory Access subjects, you can attend Tutorial on a Tuesday evening at 17.00 and have the opportunity to meet with your personal tutor on a one-to-one basis to assist with HE applications. It is advised that you apply for the course between November 2018 and June 2019. This is because interviews start in February 2019 and the course is usually very popular.
There are fees for this part time programme. Currently these are as above. Please note fees may increase in subsequent years.
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 necessary to succeed in Higher Education. Access to Nursing will allow progression onto a variety of degree courses including Nursing related programmes such as Midwifery, Paramedic training and Operating Department Practice (ODP). However, the programme will also allow you to apply for degrees such as Psychology, Sociology (and other Social Sciences courses) and some physiotherapy programmes.
These degree courses often require students to have GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 or above (some will accept alternative Level 2 qualifications). Some midwifery courses now require Grade 4 (or higher) at Science GCSE as well.
Students are strongly recommended to research these entry requirements prior to applying for the Access programme.
The Access programme is designed for students who wish to return to study with a view to going on to Higher Education. Most degree courses now require at least Level 2 Maths and English. Therefore you will need GCSE Maths and English at grade 9 - 4 (A* - C), or Level 2 Maths and English equivalent as a minimum before applying for this course.
Please research HE requirements very carefully as these do vary. A STRONG COMMITMENT IS NEEDED AS THE COURSE IS VERY INTENSIVE.
Acceptance onto the Access programme is conditional on you (SWOP order around)
* A satisfactory reference
* Attending taster days: Monday 1st July - Tuesday 2nd July 2019
* Completing a research task following the tasters over the summer, including a draft personal statement to be handed in at Induction in August 2019
Assessment is by coursework and examination. There will be at least one assignment for each unit (four units per subject). These written assignments may be essays / research projects and practical report.
The programme takes 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.