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Pre-Access – Science and Social Science

  • Course Type: Access to HE

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 currently offer Access to HE courses in Science and Health and Humanities and Social Science, but are looking into offering Computing, Business, and Engineering in the future. After studying an Access to HE course, you can progress to University and study for a degree.

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 qualification. You will also be given the opportunity to study GCSE or Functional Skills English and/or maths qualifications as part of the course, which are also required for progression to the Access to HE courses.

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

We are also considering offering a sociology unit, subject to demand.

In addition, as part of your study programme, you will also study for qualifications (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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For entry onto 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.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code
1 Year

Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 18-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.

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