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, you will study Criminology, 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.
It is advised that you apply for this course between November 2020 and June 2021. Interviews start in February and this course is 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 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 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 necessary to succeed in Higher Education.
Study Sociology, Psychology and Criminology 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. Social Work degree courses often require students to have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above (some will accept alternative level 2 qualifications).
You will need GCSE Maths or GCSE English grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) as a minimum before applying for this course. This is because most degree courses now require L2 in Maths and English e.g. GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 (A* - C), in addition to the Access diploma. However it is strongly recommended you have both. 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 29th June - Thursday 1st July 2021
* completing any summer work given and a draft of your personal statement over the summer
In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. 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 and examination. There will be at least one assignment for each unit (four units per subject). These assignments may be written such as essays / research projects and oral e.g. presentations.
The Access 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.