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The Access Diploma offers a diverse range of Social Science and Humanities subjects and is aimed at adult learners who would like to progress to university education. The course provides entry into higher education and also improves professional employment opportunities. The programme of study provides learners with an interesting, supportive and enjoyable learning environment in which they can become better learners. The Access Diploma course is equivalent to 3 A Levels on successful completion.
Students study 7 modules, the first half of the course students will study 3 modules at level 2. The second half of the course students will study 4 modules at level 3.
Applicants must be 19 years or over by the start date, and ideally be out of formal education for at least one full year. Applicants are interviewed to assess suitability regarding academic focus, motivation, commitment and drive, higher education goals and career aspirations; they do not require academic qualifications or profile, or recent experience of formal education. Applicants are individually assessed and composite scored, based on a short interview along with English and Maths assessments, which must reflect the required standard.
Learners will learn particularly through lectures and tutorials, and will be assessed by assignments, examinations, presentations and practicals.
Access courses are equivalent to A levels and are an increasingly popular way to advance into higher education at a local university or further education college. Most Access learners choose to study Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. However, learners can also enrol onto any Social Science or Humanities related course such as Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Politics, Law, Media, Youth and Community Work or English Literature and even some specialist Science courses.
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Total Full Fee £450.00
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