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Pre-Access to University - Level 2


The Pre-Access course will provide an opportunity for studying and developing academic skills as well as improving confidence.

If you successfully complete this course, you'll gain a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification which then enables you to apply for the Access to University diploma.

Entry requirements

Complete a short diagnostic assessment in English and /or maths, depending on which GCSEs you require.

Start dates and fees

Applications for academic year 2022-2023 will open from Monday 20 September 2021.

Costs are dependent upon circumstances. Please contact us for more details.

How long is the course?

One morning per week over one year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is done in a variety of ways including presentations, research reports and portfolios.

What will I study?

  • Investigating a career
  • Numeracy in context
  • Personal career preparation
  • Presentation skills
  • Recognising employment opportunities
  • Research skills
  • Work experience.

It is anticipated that you will study GCSE English and/or GCSE maths alongside the course, if you do not already possess a grade C/4 in these subjects.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

 Access to University diploma


Next steps

Enrol on this course

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