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Access to Humanities, Law and Teaching at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

Not only is the Access qualification a popular, nationally recognised qualification designed to provide you with the skills to apply for courses at universities, and is also specifically tailored towards the adult learner. Core units include Literary Studies, English Language (sociolinguistics), Psychology and Sociology. All pathways also include modules in study skills, such as academic writing and IT skills, as well as an independent research projects where you can explore your area of interest in more detail.

The Access course is a 1 year course run over 3 days per week, and is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a highly supportive environment to help you develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto Higher Education and beyond.

Course content

This course has a varied curriculum and encompasses a wide range of Humanities based subjects such as :

Literary Studies:
Prose Pre-1914 
Prose Post-1914
DramaIndependent Research Project
Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology
Atypical psychology – treatments and therapies
Sociology :
Beliefs in Society
Education and Inequalities
Independent Research Project
English Language
Language and Power
Additional modules:
Researching Higher Education
Academic Writing
Examination Technique
Word Processing

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course although a grade C at GCSE in Maths and English is an advantage. Some students will be asked to retake English or Maths GCSE alongside their Access course in order to help them meet the entry requirements of their chosen Higher Education institution.


You will learn in a friendly and highly supportive atmosphere. You are assessed via assignments (mainly essays). You are provided with a list of these assignments from day one and are taught all that is needed for you to write them plus offered additional support from the staff.
The course is credit based each module is worth 3 credits. Students need to collect 15 credits at Level 2 (5 modules) and 45 credits at Level 3 (15 modules). Most credits are gained by continuous assessment or assignments. You will complete 20 modules during the course.

Future opportunities

The Access to Higher Education programme is designed to give you the necessary grounding to progress on to Higher Education courses. The majority of British Universities will accept Access to Higher Education courses as an alternative to A Levels and other more traditional routes. In previous years students have gained places in a diverse range of Higher Education courses such as Law, English, Sociology and Psychology in universities overall the country. You could also continue your Higher Education studies at Truro-Penwith College in a variety of subjects such as English, Applied Psychology, Community Studies, and Archaeology

Further information

Study skills and educational guidance form essential parts of the course. 
Our excellent specialist teaching staff are here to support you throughout the course.
We also encourage all students to read widely and conduct their own research into their future career and into all subjects covered on the course. Our library staff can help you with all aspects of this.  Our study skills team can also offer additional 1:1 support sessions to ensure your academic progress. Our student services team can help you with all things outside of your coursework including childcare, transport, financial advice and counselling.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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