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Health Access to Higher Education at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

The course will introduce you to the types of assessment that would be met at university: academic essay, seminars, presentations, scientific reports, research and exams.

Course content

Core skills to prepare for study at Higher Education level: Skills for Learning Students will study four main option modules: Biology, Sociology, Psychology and Health Studies. 

You will receive 13 hours of teaching per week on the daytime course and 10 hours per week on the evening course. In addition, you will be expected to commit to similar hours of self-study each week. 

Entry requirements

We expect you to have, as a minimum, GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths (or equivalent qualifications). 

If you do not already have these qualifications, you will be advised to do the Pre-Access Course.  

You will also need to have a successful interview.

English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.

Entry Level / Level 1 and Level 2: We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

Students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.

Level 3 programmes: You will need to meet the course entry requirements specified on the course information above. For the majority of our Level 3 courses, students will need grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths. If this is not specified in the course entry requirement, then you may be able to study English and/or maths as part of your college course.


You will complete an assessment for each unit; this will be achieved through individual study/group work. These will be either graded or ungraded and full feedback will be given with each marked assignment. 

Future opportunities

The Access courses are designed to provide mature learners with the qualifications needed to progress onto study at university or to start a career in thier chosen area. Where students have chosen to not take up a university place or have deferred their place, they have typically improved their employment through promotion or change of career. The course is ideal for those who do not have the required qualifications to apply to university, or those who have been out of a learning environment for some time.

Former students have used the Access to Higher Education course as a stepping stone to university. They have successfully studied degrees in a variety of subjects including nursing, midwifery, teaching and social work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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