Course Cost (per year):
The tuition fee is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.
You may be eligible to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan if you are  24 years of age, or over, on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.
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The Access to HE Diploma (the Diploma) is a nationally recognised qualification with common requirements relating to the description of student achievement. The Diploma is a credit-based, graded qualification and requirements relate to both the award of credit and to the award of grades.
In order to obtain the full Access Diploma you will need to obtain at least 15 credits at level 2, these credits are obtained from common core units. In addition you will need to obtain at least 45 credits at level 3, obtained from pathway units.
This course can be be studied either as daytime or evening programme. Further information on attendance will be discussed at interview.
If you have a humanities, social science, teaching, health or social care career in mind but do not currently have the necessary qualifications to pursue it, this programme will provide the qualification to progress to higher education. You need to be motivated and committed with good orgnisational and time management skills.
You could progress to a wide variety of higher education programmes studying subjects such as health,social science, teaching, nursing and humanities. Previous students have progressed to degrees in business and performing arts as well as health and social sciences degrees.
A variety of occupations in the health sector including nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, operating department practice, podiatry, social work and radiography. Teaching, criminology, trading standards and business careers are also possible.
The modular Access programme offers you the opportunity to progress to a number of academic degree programmes as well as vocationally related degree or diploma programmes. You will be able to apply for degree programmes including health studies, psychology, sociology, criminology, forensic psychology laboratory work, environmental studies and teaching as well as degrees leading to nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, operating department practice, podiatry, social work and radiography. To progress to some degree programmes you may also need GCSE mathematics, English or science at C grade.
Common Core Units
Health Pathway Units
Social Science Pathway Units
No formal qualifications are specified however recent study is helpful as you will need to be able to study at an advanced level. Please note if you intend to continue onto University to study midwifery, you will need to hold GCSEs at grade C and above in maths and English Language, if you want to go into teaching you will require maths, English and science at the stated grade. Motivation and commitment are essential. You will attend a group interview here at the college, during the interview you will be asked to pass a written assessment in English and maths. You must be over 19 years of age on or before 31 August to apply for this course.
Pathways are matched to your intended career destination. Modules are arranged in two semesters each academic year. All study is classroom based. Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, seminars and regular tutorial sessions.
A variety of assessments will be used to measure progress and achievement this includes theoretical assignments in the form of essays and reports, examinations and presentations.
All level 3 assessments that a student completes satisfactorily are subject to a grade. A grade is a pass, merit or distinction.
Level 2 units are graded with a pass award only.
Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey. You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.