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Access to University (Social Science) - Level 3

Overview

Do you have a fascination with why people do what they do? Would you like to try your hand at forensic psychology and see if you can spot the serial killer from the mass murderer? Or may be you're interested in how society works e.g. family dynamics, the rich/poor divide and the impact on health and career options.

Access to HE is specifically designed for adults who have been out of formal education for some time, but want to enter university-level courses. The course is made up of various modules designed to prepare you for the demands of higher level study. You will become a critical thinker, develop writing techniques and research skills. 

On successful completion of the course you will awarded an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) designs and validates Access to Higher Education Diplomas. To find out more visit www.cava.ac.uk

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Entry requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years of age to enrol on an Access to University course.
  • GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or above.

Don’t have the entry requirements for an Access to University course? Why not consider the Pre-Access to University course?

This course will provide you with the entry requirements to progress onto an Access to University course of your choice. The Pre-Access course provides GCSE English and GCSE maths plus a wrap-around qualification featuring research skills, revision techniques, advice on applying to university and work experience. This course is ideal for those who are returning to education with the view to progress to university. 

The fee for the course is £480 however this is income assessed and subject to change.

If you are interested in the Pre-Access course, please email preaccessenquires@wnc.ac.uk

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20191 yr(s)1056A1FREEFREE* to £3022.00Apply
Sep 20201 yr(s)1056A1FREEFREE* to £3022.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan is a new scheme introduced by the government to help mature learners study for qualifications that will improve their employability and develop high level skills and knowledge.

Loans are specifically designed for those aged 19 and over, who are intending to study on a Level 3 or higher course – including Access to HE Diplomas.

Best of all, if you successfully go on to complete an HE qualification following an Access to University course – you won’t even have to pay the loan back.

It’s easy to apply! To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information, see the Advanced Learner Loan page.

How long is the course?

Our Access to University courses can be studied within one academic year – up to 450 hours of class time.

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How will I be assessed?

In order to prepare you for university, the assessments on this course will be varied. You will deliver professional presentations, write academic essays and reports, and sometimes sit an exam.

What does the course lead to?

This course offers you the potential to enter an extensive variety of professions, including: psychologist, academic researcher, counsellor, lecturer, journalist, politician/MP, speech and language therapist and the police force.

What will I study?

  • Study skills
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Law (optional)
  • Human biology (optional)

How do I apply?

You can complete an online application form or contact the college for an application form to be posted to your home address.

All students must be interviewed before starting the programme.

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