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Access to Higher Education : Social Science at Isle of Wight College

Course description

Access to HE is a full level 3 Diploma course, which is specifically designed to enable mature (19+) learners to prepare to take, and to progress to university degree level programmes. Thousands of mature learners in the UK progress from Access courses to Higher Education programmes each year.

WHY STUDY ACCESS TO HE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT COLLEGE?

The College has run an Access to HE programme for many years; our students are highly successful, and the great majority (95% in recent years) complete the course and achieve their Diploma.

At the College, we work hard to ensure that our Access course thoroughly prepares students for university study by:

  • Providing a very high standard of teaching
  • Enabling you to manage your time, and to study effectively
  • Supporting you throughout, whilst developing you as an autonomous learner

Course content

At the College, all Access students study 4 subjects full-time. They also study a compulsory Academic Study Skills module. These five elements make up your Access to Higher Education Diploma.

We offer 5 different Access Diplomas. The possible subject choices for each of these are set by QAA, the agency that assures the quality of Higher Education in the UK.

Diploma 5: Social Science

Subject choices:

  • Gender, Sexuality and Society
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • English Language and Literature

Entry requirements

All applicants MUST provide evidence of the following before starting their Access to HE studies:

  • GCSE Maths at grade C or above AND
  • GCSE English / GCSE English Language at grade C’ or above
  • OR GCSE grade ‘C’ equivalents in English and Maths (E.g. Appropriate Scottish Standard grade qualifications)
  • OR IELTS at band 6.5 or above (For non-native speakers of English)
  • GCSE Science at grade ‘C’ or above, if you wish to study the chemistry course option
  • You must be able to present certificates or Statements of Results at interview, unless you are taking your GCSEs this summer

Nb. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept other level 2 maths and English qualifications, such as Functional Skills, 
for entry to this course.

Due to the intensive nature of the Access course, learners are not able to take their GCSEs alongside the programme.

Financial information

The Access programme is fully funded for learners who are aged 19-24, do not already have a full level 3 qualification, and who have been resident in the UK for at least the last 3 years. Learners who meet these residency criteria, but have a full level 3 qualification, are required to pay fees. Currently these are just over £3,000. Please contact us for further information.

Learners who are over 24 years of age at the start of their course, and who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years, are eligible to apply for an Adult Learning Loan. Under this scheme, it is possible for learners who meet certain performance criteria to gain full funding of all Access to HE tuition fees. Please contact us for further information.

Future opportunities

Our Access to HE students progress to a wide range of degree courses. For example, in 2013/14, students
took up places to study:

  • Midwifery at the University of Bournemouth
  • Biomedical Sciences at Southampton
  • Psychology at Portsmouth
  • Anthropology at Bristol
  • Teaching at Roehampton Institute

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2016
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