Course Title Access to Higher Education Diploma
Level: 3
Code V307

Overview of the Course

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a QAA accredited course that provides adult learners with the qualification, subject specific skills and knowledge to progress to studies at university level. A range of diplomas are offered at Bury College to enable progression to degree studies. Each consists between three and four academic modules that meet the demands of HE institutions. As well as developing your subject knowledge, this course will enhance your study skills in preparation for university studies, including research, referencing, academic writing and ICT skills. Experienced tutors in Access to HE will provide one-to-one guidance on your applications to university courses. Successful completion of the 60-credit diploma will provide you with opportunities to progress to studying a wide range of subjects at university level, to name a few: healthcare-related degrees; Social Work / Care / Policies; Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology; Education Studies and Teaching; Business Management and Marketing; traditional and applied sciences, different types of Engineering degrees, Pharmacy, Forensic Science; English, History, Media Studies, Creative Writing, and other humanities degrees. GCSE English, maths and Science are offered as additionalities to the 60-credit diploma (terms and conditions apply).

What are the career opportunities?

In the U.K, there continues to be a great demand for staff in the health care, social care, education, Business, creative industries, and science and engineering sectors. We have therefore designed our Access to Higher Education diplomas with this in mind to meet such demand. On successful completion of your chosen diploma, you will have the opportunity to either progress to your desired HE degree programme to gain qualified status, or alternatively enter relevant apprenticeships or employment.

What are the entry requirements?

Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions: GCSE grade C (4) or above in two of the following subjects; English, maths or Science plus relevant work experience. Education and Creative Studies: For applicants progressing to Education Studies and Teaching at degree level, as well as GCSE English, maths and Science at grade C (4) or above, work experience is also required. Applicants progressing to Creative Studies and Humanities, GCSE English and maths at grade C (4) or above are required. Applicants will also be required to submit two samples of writing in poetry (no less than 10 lines), and in prose (approximately 500 words). Social Science with Criminology or Social Work: GCSE grade C (4) or above in English and maths plus relevant work experience. Business and Management: GCSE grade C (4) or above in English and maths. Relevant work experience is desired. Science and Engineering: GCSE grade C (4) or above in English, maths, and Science.

How long is the course and when can I start?

The course typically starts in September of every year and runs up to the end of June in the following year.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

For the diploma programme, a variety of assessments are used depending on the nature of subjects. These include exams, coursework, research projects, and oral presentations, etc. All the GCSE additionalities are assessed through external examinations.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will gain specialist subject knowledge relating to your chosen area of study. Through the rigorous and robust academic training on the course, you will perfect your verbal and written communication skills. You will also engage in a wide range of reading and research, through which your critical thinking and analytical skills will develop. Maths skills will also develop throughout the course as you will carry out statistical analysis.

Work experience

Work experience is not compulsory on this programme.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Tutors will plan visits to places of cultural and academic interests periodically to enhance your learning experience. Guest speakers, including university lecturers and industry-experienced people, will deliver talks and lecturers.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Costs may incur in book purchases and educational visits.

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