Access to Higher Education Diploma

Part Time

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is for people who would like to enter higher education and need to gain the qualifications for university admission.

Entry requirements

A GCSE grade C or above is required in both English and Maths. If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.5 or above is required. You will be asked to come for an interview to make sure the course is the right one for you.

Why is this course right for me?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is right for you if:

  • You have reached a turning point in your life and you need to change direction;
  • You are over 19 and do not already have qualifications for university admission;
  • You want to join the increasing number of mature students on degree courses.

What does the course involve?

Access to Higher Education pathways offered at Itchen are:

  • Access to Higher Education Social Science
  • Access to Higher Education Health and Social Care Professions
  • Access to Higher Education Primary Teaching

This Access course involves studying four modules and pathways will dictate your modules. Modules available are:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Social issues in healthcare
  • British history

Each module is studied for one session per week – so you do not have to be in college every day.  We cannot guarantee that all of these modules will be available.

How will I be taught?

Access sessions will reflect the fact that adult students bring a great deal of information and experience with them to the course.  There will be lively discussions and student presentations - an essential preparation for university life.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a variety of coursework essays, in class tests, research projects and presentations. It is a credit based course, each module worth 15 credits at Level 3. All Access to Higher Education Diplomas generate 60 credits at Level 3 which all higher education institutions accept.

Support

As most of our students are returning to study after a break we give extensive support in how to make the most of your studying.  A two hour tutorial/study skills session is offered once per week. College hours are from 9:15am - 12:15pm so you can fit it in around family and work commitments.  The college has an on-site nursery for students who require childcare.

Progression

Students from this course can go to universities all over the country, however most of our students choose to attend local universities. Universities welcome applications from Access students and we have a very good relationship with the local higher education institutions.

Are there any additional costs involved?

All students pay the registration fee with Ascentis, the exam board, themselves.  This fee is currently £200.


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