Access to Higher Education is an alternative route to entering university for adults.
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification by Higher Education institutions in the UK.
If you want to go into Higher Education (HE) and study for a degree, but feel held back by a lack of qualifications or confidence, the Access to Higher Education course could be just what you need.
It allows people with a mature attitude towards learning, who may not have reached their full potential at school, or lack traditional qualifications, to return to education. The course is designed to build confidence, develop academic skills and fully prepare you for university.
GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths, depending upon your future career choice. Commitment and motivation to succeed are important, this course requires a mature approach to learning.
The Access Diploma is credit-based and validated by the awarding body: Skills and Education Group Access. To successfully complete, students must obtain 60 credits at level 3. These include 45 credits which are graded, pass, merit or distinction and 15 level 3 credits which are ungraded.
The Access Diploma offers a range of pathways. Students will need to select a pathway that is relevant to the Higher Education subject area that they wish to pursue. The pathways are: Policing, Nursing & Healthcare, Science, Humanities, Social Work, Law and Education. Units from each pathway are chosen that are relevant to individual career goals. All pathways include psychology and units of study skills.
What will you learn
Study Skills include essay and report writing, referencing and how to improve exam techniques. You will also be guided through the UCAS application process and given the opportunity to explore your course and career choices. Pathway unit choices include:
Successful students can progress to degree courses and Higher National Diplomas in a wide range of subject areas. Past students, for example, have undertaken degree courses in English, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Criminology, Computing, Business, Media Studies, Adult Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Biomedical Science, Environmental Studies and also Teacher Training.
They have attended a wide range of local universities including Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leeds, Bradford and Lincoln, with some going to universities further afield such as London and Cardiff. Many students progress to the wide range of degree courses available at University Centre, Grimsby Institute, franchised by some of the above universities.
The range of careers available to you will depend on your choice of Higher Education course.
Completion of an Access to HE diploma does not guarantee progression to higher education. It opens doors and gives you opportunities to progress, but you still need to meet the requirements of your HE offer to ensure you can progress to University.