Full-time Access to University Diploma (University Pathway)


The Full-time Access to University Diploma is made up 3 units and can be
used as access onto a wide range of higher education programmes, for example
Law, English, as well as access to nurse training schemes etc.

What are the entry requirements?

Entrance to the Access course is based on a satisfactory interview and achieving at least level one literacy in your diagnostic assessment. You should also, preferably, have some evidence of recent study, i.e. within the last five years. Because of recent changes to most University entry requirements, all Access applicants must have either GCSE Maths or English at grade C or above (Functional skills or Key skills are not in this case considered to be suitable alternatives). An opportunity to study for either GCSE (or alternative) maths or English, will be available for you. It is not possible to study both English and Maths. You may be offered the pre-Access course if you don?t achieve the necessary standard in your literacy assessment or GCSE entry criteria.

What subjects will I study?

On the Access to HE diploma you will choose to study two subject sets at Level 3. These include:

Human Physiology
Chemistry (to be confirmed)

You will attend four 3 hour sessions per week (two for each of these subjects) from September until June.

There are a further mandatory subject set of study skills units that form the final part of the course. These help you through the process of applying to university and provide you with the necessary academic skills to succeed on the course. You will attend a one hour study skill session a week from September to June.

How will I learn?

The Level 3 units are designed to give students an opportunity to return to learning. The courses are intended to introduce students to a subject area in a non-threatening, supportive environment. Students will develop an understanding of the subject area and the study skills necessary for entry to Higher Education. You will be encouraged to draw upon your own experiences and knowledge to contribute to class sessions and will be offered guidance in improving study skills. Classes are attended by a variety of students, many of whom may not have studied for some time. Learning methods will include a mixture of discussion, group work, workshops and tutorials.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a mixture of exam and coursework.

What opportunities will this lead to?

The Access course is designed to provide a pathway into Higher Education, and a particular career. For example:
Social Work

How long is the course?

As a full-time student on this programme you will be attending classes at College for approximately 15 hours per week, over a period of 30 weeks.

Are there any additional costs?

Most subjects require the purchase of a course text book. Course fees are usually payable.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us:
T: 01229 825017
E: info@furness.ac.uk

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