Access to HE (part-time)
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About this course

If you are aged 18 or over and are interested in improving your qualifications, taking a Higher Education course or pursuing a new career, but are unable to commit to a full-time study programme then this is the course for you! The part-time Access course takes place in Salisbury over two evenings, Tuesday and Thursday from 17.30 – 20.45. We now offer the Health and Social Care and Humanities diplomas.

Access courses are intended for adults who do not have A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications and enable you to prepare for, and gain entry to, degree and other Higher Education programmes.

You may have some qualifications already, for example GCSEs or an A level, but not enough to get into university (you will require GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (formerly C) or above before you start the course, as this is a requirement for nearly all university courses) but above all, you will have made a conscious decision to return to education and bring a commitment and wider life experience to your studies.

The course aims to:

• Prepare you to progress to Higher Education
• Develop you as an independent learner
• Provide an awareness of opportunities for personal and professional development

What will I learn?

You will need to study:

• Three academic specialist subjects
        (Biology, Psychology and Sociology)
• Study Skills

Only the Access to Health and Social Care diploma is available by the part-time mode of study

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • Commitment to study for a year
  • Knowledge of your intended university course
  • A passion for study and a keen interest in the specialist subjects studied
  • You will require GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (formerly C) or above before you start the course, as this is a requirement for nearly all university courses.
  • If you want to go into primary teaching, you will need a GCSE in a science subject. Although not essential for other careers, a science GCSE is highly desirable for all students on this course, as the Biology component is very demanding.

In addition to the above you must gain some relevant experience if you are intending to study for nursing, midwifery or social work as places for these courses are becoming more competitive at interview. 

If you are considering an Access to Higher Education Course but do not currently meet the entry criteria, our Pre-Access programme provides the opportunity to study towards GCSEs in English, Maths and Biology in preparation for entry to the Access course the following September.

Study, assessment and qualifications

You will be required to attend on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30 – 8.30 pm.

Independent study is essential for the purposes of reviewing work covered in class, research, work on assignments and revision for examinations.

It is only possible to give indicative guidelines regarding the minimum times to allocate for this as it will depend on many factors such as previous learning and aptitude for a given subject. However a typical student needs to study an additional 10 hours each week out of class. We suggest that if you are at work during the daytime on weekdays you should allocate one weekday evening and one weekend day for independent study.

Additional costs and information

Books will need to be purchased. You may choose to buy some of the recommended texts, although some copies of relevant texts will be available in the Library. Some students may qualify for financial assistance from the College's Learner Support Fund to offset some of these costs.

How to apply:
The easiest way to apply is online, simply click the button at the top of this page. If you would prefer to complete a paper application form, have any questions about completing your application or need some advice, please contact our Admissions team on 01225 756206.

What could I do next?

Progression options include:

  • Degree in Nursing/Midwifery/Physiotherapy/Occupational therapy
  • A Higher National Diploma
  • Degree in Social Work
  • Degree leading to a Teaching qualification

The range of employment opportunities is varied and will depend on which degree course you choose to take.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.