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 Pre-Access to Higher Education

Subject areas: Access to Higher Education

Pre-Access courses are designed to provide mature students with the means to achieve a Level 2 qualification.

The course helps students to prepare themselves for a range of Level 3 courses; more specifically the Access to HE Diploma and gives them the opportunity to test out a range of subject areas.

You will study in a friendly, supportive atmosphere, and you can gain a nationally recognised qualification. The courses are validated by Aim Awards.
The course is gained by achieving at least 18 Level 2 credits in one of the pathways below:

- Certificate in Skills for Business and Law
Law, Business, Study Skills, Careers and Tutorial

- Certificate in Skills for Health Professions
Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Study Skills, Careers and Tutorial

For the full Level 2 certificate to be award you will need to compile a portfolio of assignments, which are externally moderate by Aim Awards. You will learn by a variety of processes including theory and practice, portfolio assignments, individual presentations and group work. You will have access to computing and library facilities. There are weekly group tutorials with individual tutorials available on a regular basis.
No formal qualifications are required, however you must be able to demonstrate maturity and ‘life experience’ and show a real commitment to your studies.

There will be an informal interview with the Pre-Access Co-ordinator and a short English and maths diagnostic assessment for applicants to undertake to help us assess suitability for the course and what support may be required.
The fees for this course fee depending on personal circumstances.

The currently maximum cost is £350, but please enquire for further information.
You will study at College for 8 hours a week.

There are two start dates you can choose from:
September 2017 until April 2018
January 2018 until July 2018

You will also be expected to carry out some self-directed study and depending on prior qualifications may be encouraged to work towards either Functional Skills or Maths and/or English GCSE qualifications.
Quick info:
2 Level 2
8 8 Months
BBoston

Extra info

For the full certificate to be awarded you will need to compile a portfolio of assignments, which are externally moderated by Aim Awards.

You will learn by a variety of processes including theory and practice, portfolio assignments, individual and group work.

You will have access to computing and library facilities. There are weekly group tutorials with individual tutorials available on a regular basis.
Successful completion of the course and a good attendance record should enable you to progress to a Level 3 Access to HE course, a range of further education courses or enhance your employment prospects in a range of organisations.
You can apply for this course by applying online, by filling out an application form from the College’s Course Guide, or you can contact the Information Officers on 01205 313218 who will send you an application form in the post.

Every effort has been made to ensure our course information is accurate throughout the website. However changes can occur to the days, times, fees and other information about our courses throughout the year, but we endeavour to update any changes to information as soon as we can.