Access to Higher Education
This is a nationally recognised qualification which is designed to prepare you for moving on to higher education. The varied programme suits students with appropriate life experience who may or may not have formal qualifications.
It will enable you to study a number of subjects to a level which allows a smooth transition to degree or other higher level courses. If you are successful, you will achieve a nationally recognised qualification - QAA Access to Higher Education Diploma.
The major elements of the course are mandatory and cover the essentials you will need to progress on to Higher Education, such as Study Skills, ICT, Maths and English. You will also study a range of subjects such as Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) and Sociology.
You are assessed rigorously throughout the course and present a portfolio that will include evidence such as essays, presentations, reports, tests, exam answers, self and peer assessments. For all parts of the course you can gain credits awarded by the Open College Network South West Region. Sixty credits, 45 of which must be at Level 3, are required for a full Access Diploma.
You do not need any formal qualifications. The course is designed to build upon your previous experience, but if you do have some qualifications, these will be enhanced.
You will need to write a letter to accompany your application form explaining your reasons for applying. This could include expanding on prior learning; demonstrating your understanding of the nature of the Access course and how you think you would cope with its demands; describing what you hope to study at university and any other information you think is important. This letter is an important part of the selection process, as it will form the basis of discussion at interview and be used to determine the most appropriate ‘pathway’ for you to follow.
Access is designed to take you on to a wide range of higher education courses nationally including The Open University and University of Plymouth Foundation Degrees available at Strode College.
Many students are interested in careers such as nursing, teaching or social work, but others progress on to a diverse range of courses, such as psychology and engineering.
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is currently being reviewed by QAA therefore, the information above may change.
Level: Level 3
Award: Access to HE Diploma
Awarding Body: OCNSWR
Length: 1 Year
Fee: Fees may apply to students over 19 years, price on application. Students aged 24 and over can apply for an FE 24+ Advanced Loan.
Contact: Strode College Admissions Team