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Teaching (Education) Access to Higher Education at Weymouth College

Course description

If you are over 19 and wish to move onto higher education but either lack the formal entry qualifications or feel the need to develop confidence and regain practice in study methods, then our Access to Higher Education (A2HE) course is for you. Our course is nationally validated through Ascentis awards, and is entered in the National Register of Access to Higher Education courses, to which higher education establishments refer. This course will help you to gain a university place to study in a range of vocational degrees. Weymouth College offers a number of different A2HE diplomas: Humanities, Science and Education. An encouraging and friendly environment, created by staff and fellow mature students, means that we have a very good track record in helping adults get to university. We offer you support and advice throughout the process of applying to university including preparation for interview.

Course content

The core component of the A2HE course will help support you in returning to education, developing your confidence in writing, computing and presentation skills. The course is taught through a combination of lessons, group discussions, seminars and tutorials. The philosophy underlying the course is that you should be actively involved in the learning process. Your experience will be seen as a valuable resource. Independent study techniques will be encouraged throughout the course and you must be prepared to devote an agreed amount of time per week to study at home. There are three different diplomas available. Availability of subject options is dependent on the number of applications received; your options will be discussed at interview. You must complete the core component plus at least three subject options: Literary studies - English language - Psychology - History - Sociology - Biology - Chemistry

Entry requirements

This course is intended for those returning to learning. However, due to changes made by the awarding body and in order to maximise your potential for entry into HE institutions, we now require applicants to already possess or obtain a GCSE English and Maths grade A – C prior to entry. GCSE Fast-track courses may be offered in January for anyone who has recently obtained a grade D. However, if these are not available or not appropriate at the time of application you may have to consider taking the one year Pre-Access course (GCSE English & Maths) or if you only need one subject an you may also consider an evening class. (You can search and apply for the Pre-Access course on the website course finder). Applicants aged 19+ will initially be contacted by our Careers staff prior to interview to ascertain appropriate Diploma routes and entry requirements. All applicants are required to take an initial assessment in English and Mathematics before being invited to attend an informal interview to establish your motivation and commitment towards study. You must also show sufficient life experience and commitment to independent study. The A2HE course is a full time, two days a week (Thursday and Friday) programme. Please ensure that you are able to devote this time in addition to completing assignments at home. All diplomas are taught over 34 weeks together with a minimum of 8 hours directed private study per week.


You will be assessed through coursework and development of portfolios of evidence. While there are examinations at the end of the course, they do not count towards your achievement, but are designed to prepare you for this type of assessment at university. Coursework consists of written and practical assignments and presentations. On completion of the course you will receive an Ascentis awards Access to Higher Education Diploma in accordance with the requirements of the national validating body QAA, who provide the National Kite-Mark.

Future opportunities

BSc or BA in a related academic subject (with an option of progressing into an additional qualification such as a Master’s Degree)*. The course is excellent preparation if you wish to follow a wide range of studies at university, especially if you are interested in a vocational degree. The successful completion of an A2HE programme is regarded as an acceptable form of matriculation (admission) by universities and colleges however, it is important to note that each university sets its own entry requirements so you will need to research these carefully. You will be able to apply to universities and colleges of higher education throughout the country or you could choose to continue to study at a higher education level at Weymouth College. Your application to higher education courses will be considered more seriously and more sympathetically as a result of your attendance on this course but places are not guaranteed. The Higher Education Advisor at Weymouth College can assist in helping you research university options and potential career choices. We will give you support and advice in gaining a place in higher education through the UCAS and other entry schemes. This course offers progression routes to teaching and education based degrees. *Students are advised to check university requirements before selecting pathways and subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weymouth College directly.

Last updated date: 21 June 2016
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