Access courses are ideal if you would like to enter higher education but haven't got the necessary qualifications. It is ideally 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 a degree programme. Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 24 or over and if you progress onto study at degree level then this loan will be cancelled with no repayment required.
The course will cover a broad range of core subjects and study elements all designed to equip you with the necessary skills to study at degree level. These include study skills and academic writing skills. In addition you will also study pathway specific subjects to enable you to pursue your chosen career/degree course specialism.
The Humanities and Social Sciences pathway includes the study of history, psychology, sociology and English literature.
This includes an option for Teaching (subject to validation).
This programme is recognised by all UK universities and higher education
establishments as an entry qualification for degree level study. Previous students have progressed on to degrees and Higher National Diplomas both at Tresham University Centre and other universities in a wide range of subject areas.
The awarding body is Open College Network (OCN) West Midlands. Course assessment is carried out through a variety of methods, including essays, projects, presentations and exams.
If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans.
PLEASE NOTE: This is subject to available funding allocation for 2019/20 academic year.
If you complete one of our Access to Higher Education courses and use an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your tuition fee, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on the Advanced Learner Loan if you then go on to complete an undergraduate course.
18 year olds may apply and will need to have English Language and Maths GCSE at grade C (4) or above or equivalent level 2 qualifications before the start of the course and be subject to a successful interview. Successful applicants will be in college for 3 days per week and will also be required to undertake a relevant work placement for up to 150 hours (which will support in providing valuable experience to include in UCAS applications aiding progression to Higher Education). A work placement officer may be able to support you in finding suitable places. You will also be subject to a successful DBS check. If you are successful you may qualify for a free place. Alternatively we offer Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds.
Pay by instalments
The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.
In order for learners to progress on to an undergraduate degree at a British university, it is essential that learners have achieved a minimum of a grade C in Maths and English (and Science if they wish to train as a Primary School teacher). All applicants are advised to have a good idea of their preferred university options prior to attending the interview.
Please note that when applying for this course you will be directed to an application form to ensure that we collate the necessary information to process your application for this type of course.
19 - 23 years old - this course is free of charge if you do not presently hold a full Level 3 qualification. The course can be paid for by interest free monthly instalments.