Pre-Access to HE

This is a study programme designed to develop the skills essential for progressing to the level 3 Access to HE programmes and the start of your new careers, specifically for access to nursing, midwifery, social care and social care/youth-work including criminology, You will study 5 different subject areas, each known as a unit. The units will be delivered through a combination of face to face learning, independent study tasks and group work tasks that will allow you to develop key skills for university such as: communication skills, team working skills and academic skills. The subjects you will study are:


This unit seeks to look at a range of safeguarding matters that are essential for working in H&SC or educational settings. The unit explores historic safeguarding cases and the role of regulatory bodies in the prevention and reporting of cases of abuse.

Social Sciences:

Sociology & Psychology will be studied as 2 separate units where you will engage with the basics of these 2 social sciences looking at key theories and philosophies. You will then choose 1 area, in each, to specialise your new found knowledge on and produce a presentation on this demonstrating your understanding of these in contemporary society.

Health Studies

Anatomy and physiology are cleverly combined within this unit as you discover how body organs are affected by contemporary health diseases and disorders. You will carry out a research project on one of these areas using a small scale active research piece of work.

Personal Development Planning/Moving on

This unit is where your personal and academic skills are addressed. The unit takes you through a range of study skills from how to write essays and reports to researching suitable resources and referencing your academic work. The 2nd part of this looks at employability: how employable you are, identifying the skills and qualifications essential for reaching your career aim and maximising your potential for success.
You will be taught by specific subject specialists for each unit, each of whom bring their own expertise and a range of delivery methods, these will include class discussions and peer delivery. You will be expected to carry out independent learning and often engage with materials in preparation of the lessons from week to week to allow a deeper understanding to be developed. This method ensures that you as a learner can start to become critical in your approaches to the knowledge you gain, and of course get the skills needed for level 3, 4 and above! All assignments will be given a submission date and these will need to be met. As part of the programme we will arrange university visits (where possible) and actively encourage you to seek and secure work experience either through paid or voluntary employment.
GCSE Maths and English at D or 4.

Functional Skills Level 2 will also be considered.
You will be assessed through a variety of methods including: essays, reports, case studies, through producing power points or/and in class presentations.
On successful completion of this programme AND the achievement of your GCSE maths/English at grade 4, you can progress to:

Access to Nursing

Access to Social Work

Access to Science (you need Science GCSE as well)

Access to Humanities
Tuition fees will be waived if:
(Not in paid employment)
You are unemployed, seeking work and in receipt of a means tested benefit.
Or economically inactive – (GM Residents only). If you are unemployed and seeking work, but are not in receipt of a means tested benefit.

(In paid employment)
You receive a means tested benefit accepted by the college; are working less than 20 hours per week and have an income of £343 per month (individual claims) or £549 per month (household claims).
You earn less than £20,880 annual gross salary
AND the course you are studying will help you find or improve your employment

This also applies to all courses labelled level 1 or 2F.
Course Code:
Access To Higher Education
Beaufort Road
1 Year
(Tue 9:00am-12:15pm & Wed 9:30am-2:45pm & Thu 9:00am-2:45pm) (tbc)

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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