Access to HE enables adults (aged 19+) 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).
You are also required to attend 2 additional Saturdays (09.00-15.00) 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 2021 and June 2022. This is because interviews start in February 2022 and the course is usually very popular.
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 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 necessary to succeed in Higher Education.
Study Sociology, Psychology and Human Biology and progress to study on a variety of degree courses including Social Work, Social Policy, Youth Work and Social Sciences - often leading to careers in the Social Services, the Housing Sector, Employment Services, Health and Welfare Services and the Criminal Justice System.
These degree courses often require students to have GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 or above (some will accept alternative Level 2 qualifications). Students are therefore 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:
• attending a Welcome event where you will be interviewed by a member of the team
• providing a satisfactory reference
• attending 2 taster days: Monday 27th to Tuesday 28th June 2022
Please note – face to face taster days will be subject to COVID restrictions. Alternative provision will be provided online if these cannot take place.
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 end of August 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.