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Pre-Access Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development


Type: Full Time

Subject: Science

Level: 2

Start Date: 01 September 2020

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

1 Year


Level 2

Who is it for

The Pre–Access course is a 1 year full–time course for motivated individuals aged 18 or over who want to develop study skills and subject knowledge at level 2 in preparation for a Level 3 Access to HE course, or who do not have sufficient
qualifications to be accepted on to an Access to HE course currently.

The course will result in an NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development qualifi cation. You will also be given the opportunity to study GCSE or Functional Skills English and/or maths qualifi cations as part of the course, which are also required for progression to the Access to HE courses.

What will I need

For entry on to the pre–Access course students should hold Functional Skills Level 1 or above in English and maths. However, formal qualifications may not be necessary for entry to this course if you are able to demonstrate relevant industry experience
or evidence of other work training.

What is covered

You will study core subject units that prepare you for level 3 study, employment and University progression. These include:
• Biology (Life Processes and Living Things)
• Chemistry (Materials and their Properties)
• Physics (Physical Processes)
• Investigating a Career
• Research skills
• Personal Study skills

You will also study for qualifi cations (GCSE or Functional Skills) in English and/or maths depending on your existing qualifications. These will be offered either at the Park Crescent campus or at JobSmart. You will be asked to complete English and/or
mathematics screening activities at the start of the course to establish the appropriate level for you.

If you are aged 18 you will also be expected to complete 35 hours of work experience as part of the study programme. Students aged 19 or over are
exempt from mandatory work experience.

How is the course assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout the year, including examinations, coursework and formal presentation skills. All assessments are on a pass/fail basis. The qualification is validated by the Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA).

What can this course lead to

This course can allow you to progress to a Level 3 Access to HE course. At the college we offer Access to HE courses in Science and Health, Humanities and Social Science, Computing, Business and Engineering. After studying an Access to HE course you can progress to University and study for a degree.

Are there any additional costs

You should obtain a scientific calculator. You may be required to pay tuition fees depending on your age and existing qualifications, please contact the Information Centre on 0345 8728722, email or visit us at our Park Crescent Campus for more details.

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