Access to Higher Education Diplomas enable mature students to apply for a degree programme in just one year. So, if you have a career path in mind which requires a degree and you thought you could never do it – think again.
Our Access Diplomas also cater for students who have been away from studying for some time. The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to achieve your goals, as well as providing support and encouragement throughout the year. To succeed, you’ll need to be motivated, enthusiastic, able to manage your time effectively and be ready to study. You’ll also need to be over 19. You will be part of a group of adult students who are excited about learning, are willing to work hard with other members of the group and participate. Many people worry that they’re too old to do an Access course or will feel out of place - in fact, there’s no upper-age limit and there will be many other mature students on this course, just like you. All you need is to be committed to study and focused on your career choice.
Choose THREE from the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology. In each of your chosen Level 3 subjects, you will take several modules over the year providing you with a total of 60 credits at Level 3. Depending on what subjects you choose, you can expect to study:
Biology: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Physiology, Human Disease, Inheritance.
Chemistry: Bonding & Reactions, Energetics, Kinetics & Redox, Organic Chemistry.
Psychology: The Learning Perspective, Early Social Development, Theories of Crime, Atypical Psychology.
Sociology: Stratification & Differentiation, Poverty & Health, Inequalities & Achievement in Education, Research Methods in Sociology.
Mathematics: Introduction of Mathematics, Introduction to Calculus, Statistics, Trigonometry.
All our Diplomas also include Study Skills, where you will gain valuable skills for university study such as academic writing, Harvard referencing, and how to effectively
locate and use a range of sources.
In tutorials we provide guidance and support for your UCAS application for university, as well as supporting you throughout your year of study.
Most universities require GCSE grades at C or above in English and Maths as part of the entry requirements for degree courses. GCSE English and Maths are separate qualifications from the Access Diploma so, if required, we offer additional lessons for these subjects. If you don’t already have a C grade or above in Maths or English at GCSE, these are currently free for students over 19. Please contact our Guidance Centre for further details. Please note that due to the amount of work involved, we strongly recommend that you only take one GCSE at the same time as the Access Diploma.