What is this course about?

The Access to Higher Education course provides you with an ideal way to develop the skills necessary to progress to university whilst studying subjects that are relevant to your chosen degree programme. Successful completion of the course will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification that is an alternative to A Levels. The course will focus on a range of core and specialist units which will be delivered through taught sessions, the Virtual Learning Environment and e-tutorials. Core units include Psychology, Sociology and Social Policy with learners selecting one specialist subject from Law Business, Social Work or Humanities.
Start: Mon 11/09/2017
Time: 09:00-16:00

How is it taught?

The Access course is taught through a range of teaching methods including lectures, discussions, research, group discussions and workshops. In addition to taught sessions students will develop independent research and study skills through seminar based sessions. Typically, you should expect to be in College for approximately fourteen hours per week, normally over three days. In addition, you will need to undertake approximately fifteen hours of independent study per week to include additional research and assessment work.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a varied range of assessment methods. These will include; written assignments, open book tests, presentations, group activities and written reports. The assessments take place throughout the course so you will not have to face any final exams at the end to pass the course, and you can monitor your progress at any stage. To achieve the Access to HE qualification you will need to gain 60 credits in total, a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 which will be graded and 15 credits which will be ungraded

What else do I need to know?

Stoke on Trent College has some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date facilities in the country. Learning takes place in a friendly and relaxed environment and your teaching team are here to help you get the most from your course. If you want to study on your own you can use one of the Learning Resource Centres or one of the special study workshops in English, Mathematics and Information Technology. All our classrooms are large, spacious and well equipped, and our staff have an excellent knowledge of the industry gained through many years of experience.

What could I do next?

Typically students on this Diploma progress to university to do a range of subjects including Law, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, social Policy, Humanities and social work.
Course Code


  • Mon 11/09/20174 weeks



16 - 18? Course is Free!

16 - 18? Course is Free!

Fee Code: L

These courses receive government funding, and some learners will be eligible for FREE tuition if you meet specific criteria. Some ‘L’ code courses from Level 2 upwards may also have an Advanced Learning Loan available for most learners aged 19 and over. See here for more information about the criteria for free tuition and here for Advanced Learning Loans.

* Please note that fees shown are for 1 year only. If course is longer than 1 year/38 weeks, then additional fees will apply.