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Access to Higher Education

19.02.2014

Don’t have the qualifications you need to study for a degree?

If you are a mature student without the standard qualifications to enter higher education, this one year intensive course is for you. Our Access courses build the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to progress on to higher education in the subject area you’re interested in. These courses are recognised by universities across the UK and allow entry on to higher education courses in your chosen specialist area.

We offer full and part-time study programmes to help you fit your studies around existing family and work commitments. Different study pathways also enable you to focus on the core subjects that you will need for further study specialisms, such as; Health Professions, Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology and Crime and Teaching.

Some of our pathways can also be studied as a blended learning option, which combines online tutorials with on-campus classes, giving you the flexibility to choose how, where and when you study.

 

OUR PATHWAYS

Health Professions

The Health Professions pathway includes the study of Human Biology, Social Studies and Health Studies.

 

Course progression includes:

University courses in a wide range of different subjects, such as: Nursing, Health and Social Care Practice, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Midwifery.

 

Career progression includes:

Through a degree this course can be the route into a wide range of careers including: Nursing, Midwifery, Health Promotion, Health and Social Care and Mental Health.

 

Humanities and Social Science

The Humanities and Social Science pathway includes the study of English Literature, History and Social Studies.

 

Course progression includes:

University courses in a wide range of different subjects, such as: English Literature, English Language, History, Sociology, Social Work, Criminology, Journalism, Law and Politics.

 

Career progression includes:

Through a degree this course can be the route into a wide range of careers including: Management, Teaching, Legal Professions, Social Work, Media and Journalism, Heritage, Entertainment and Service industries.

 

Psychology and Criminology

The Psychology and Criminology pathway includes the study of Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, Neuro Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Criminology.

 

Course progression includes:

University courses in a wide range of different subjects, such as: Psychology and Criminology, Forensic Investigation, Cyber Security and Policing and Criminal Justice.

 

Career progression includes:

Through a degree this course can be the route into a wide range of careers including: Forensic Psychologist, Criminal/Crime Scene Investigator, Trial Consultant and Social Worker.

 

Teaching

The Teaching pathway includes the study of Professional Studies, English Literature, Biology and Social Studies.

 

Course progression includes:

University courses in a wide range of different subjects, such as: Educational Practice, Primary, Secondary or Post-Compulsory Teaching or Child and Family Studies.

 

Career progression includes:

Through a degree this course can be the route into a wide range of careers including: Primary, Secondary or Post-Compulsory Teaching, Early Years Educator, Teaching Assistant or Youth Worker.

 

Pre-Access

The Pre-Access course is ideal if you would like to enter the Access to Higher Education course but haven’t got the necessary GCSE grades. It is suited to adults who have been out of education for some time and who need to re-learn how to study at a higher level before progressing onto the intensive Access programme.

 

Click here to view our Access Brochure,  giving you all the information you need before deciding which pathway is the best for you.

Need to study part time?

We offer two year part time study options – for more information click here

What will my course cost?

The cost of studying the Access to Higher Education programme depends on your age and your existing qualifications.

If you are aged 19 – 23 and this is your first Level 3 qualification then you will not have to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course, you can pay for your course fees with an Advanced Learning Loan. This loan is not means tested. Paying back your loan is simple – you’ll only have to start making repayments in the April after you complete your course and only when you’re earning over £25,575 per year. Payments are automatically taken from your earnings through HMRC. Repayments will be 9% of anything you earn over the £25,725 threshold. So if, for example, you are earning a salary of £27,000 per year, repayments would be calculated as 9% of £1275, which equals a £9 repayment per month.

If your salary falls below the earning threshold, repayments will stop. If you have not repaid your loan within 30 years the outstanding debt will be written off.

In addition, when you complete a higher education degree, this loan will be cancelled and will not need to be repaid.

Pre-Access to Higher Education

The Pre-Access course is ideal if you would like to enter the Access to Higher Education course but haven’t got the necessary GCSE grades. Click here for course details.

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