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Full-time Access to University Diploma (University Pathway)

Full-time Access to University Diploma (University Pathway)

Course Content

How long is the course?

As a full-time student on this programme you will be attending classes at College for approximately 12 hours per week, over a period of 30 weeks.

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.

What subjects will I study?

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

These include a combination of two subject sets from:

  • Human Physiology (this science option will be needed for future progression into careers including nursing, midwifery and other health careers)
  • Sociology
  • Law


You will attend a total of 5 hours of class sessions per week (for each of your two subject sets) 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 two hour study skill session a week from September to June.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a mixture of exam and coursework.

Are there any additional costs?

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

Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements?

The access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is for learners aged 19+.

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/4 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.

Can I get more information?

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


What opportunities will this lead to?

The Access course has two key pathways:

  • Allied Health Professions: This is designed to provide a pathway into higher education and future careers including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, paramedic and other health care related professions. 
  • Social Sciences: Students have the opportunity to study a combination of Law and Sociology. Popular progression routes include study and/or careers in law, humanities subjects, social work, local government, criminology and civil service.

Use this handy tool to find out more about potential careers after the Access Course.


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