Overview top

The Access to HE course is a Level 3 modular, credit-based programme for adults aged 19 years and over.  The primary aim of the Access to HE Diploma is to provide appropriate preparation and a recognised qualification to enable students to progress to Higher Education (HE).

Course Details

South Tyneside College offers 3 Access to HE Diplomas.  Before you start the course you will need to consider what sort of job, career or degree you eventually wish to follow.  It is also advisable that you access university information regarding more specific entry requirements.  This helps you to decide which subject to study.

Students will study a particular pathway dependent upon this.  Pathways are a combination of subjects which are tailored to fit careers/course.  Further information about the subject content of these pathways can be discussed at interview.  Within these pathways, you will complete a range of units, successful completion will accrue credits.  To achieve the full Access Diploma qualification you must achieve 60 credits in total.

The Diplomas offered at South Tyneside College include:

  • Education                                    
    • Psychology                                                          
    • Sociology                                                              
    • Core Science                                                        
    • English Literature                                                 
    • History – Social and Cultural Development    
  • Health
    • Core Science
    • Human Biology
    • Psychology
    • The Psychology and Sociology of Health
    • Humans Against Disease
  • Humanities
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • English Literature
    • Crime and Deviance
    • History – Social and Cultural Development

If you are unsure which diploma is best suited to your aspirations, have a look at university websites and prospectuses for course entry requirement details and check with their admissions departments.

As well as choosing your diploma you will also study core units which equal 15 credits.

The Access to HE curse is worth 60 credits – 45 from academic units specific to the pathway you have chosen and 15 credits are the ungraded units.

Course Structure

The course runs from September until June.  All classes are delivered during the day (9am to 5pm) and generally run over three days.

Entry Requirements top

Prospective students should have a GCSE in maths and English at grade C or above (or equivalent Functional Skill).  Please note each university has different entry criteria for different courses and you need to check these e.g. some nursing degrees require a GCSE in maths (not Functional Skill level 2).

To be eligible to study on the Access to HE course, you must have:

  • Had a significant break from study (which means you are aged over 19 years)
  • The ability to work at or above level 2 in English and Level 1 in maths with qualification at Level 2 in these subjects
  • Commitment to the course; a clear goal and a robust back-up plan
  • Some evidence in an informal interview of:
  • Resilience
  • Working with others
  • A reference (not a friend or family member) who can objectively comment on your skills and commitment
  • The ability to use Microsoft Office software to a reasonable standard

Assessment top

Assessment is continuous and all assignments are internally written.  Assessment is conducted through a combination of written assignments, reports, practical investigations and externally set controlled assessments and exams.  All work is moderated through One Awards.

Further Information top

Your UCAS application must be completed by mid November of the year before entry.  It is a very competitive environment and to ensure the best possible chance of securing a place on your chosen degree course, you should start planning your application early.

You can enhance your UCAS application by attending taster courses, open days or conferences and by talking to professionals in the field you want to work in.

Almost all vocational degree courses demand either relevant work experience or voluntary experience, so bolstering your application with a variety of work placements will help you to stand out and compete for your place.  WWW.do-it.org.uk is a useful place to start if you are looking for help to organise voluntary experience.  Please note that most voluntary roles will demand a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which can take a number of weeks/months to complete.  It is you responsibility to arrange this.

Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.