Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education courses are for you if you have life experiences, but perhaps few qualifications, and wish to get back into education before moving onto higher education, and maybe a new career direction, after University.

Access to Higher Education courses are designed to provide mature learners with the confidence and skills needed to cope with the academic demands of higher level study. We particularly welcome applications from mature learners who have decided on a career change or who are returning to their studies following a break.

After completing an Access to HE course, many students go on to study a range of Higher Education courses at local or national universities. Students may also opt to progress within the college to one of the Foundation Degree pathways available.

What can I study?

We currently offer Access to HE courses in the following subject areas:

•Education and Humanities
•Social Sciences
•Nursing and Midwifery
•Life and Biological Science
•Health Sciences

What can I expect from the course? 

Although the Access to HE qualification is not formally recognised in the workplace, some students prefer to progress from the Access course and enter employment directly. These students use the Access course as a way of increasing their self-confidence, problem solving skills and to enhance their career prospects.

Students will typically need to attend lectures for 15.5 hours per week but, in order to achieve course objectives, will need to work outside the timetabled hours to carry out a variety of activities. Attendance of over 90% in all areas of the course is required for any ongoing financial support you are receiving as part of your studies (e.g ALG, meal vouchers, travel pass, childcare etc).

You will find that study at college will have many benefits; you will improve your career prospects, develop new skills, find new interests and meet new friends.

Induction

Induction week typically starts in the first week of September each academic year but please check the college website for the most up to date information in August.  The course induction timetable is a mandatory part of the course and will follow your regular timetable for that year of study. 

Entry Requirements

We give full individual and careful consideration to every application. You do not need any formal qualifications to join an Access to Higher Education course but we are looking for a period out of formal education and appropriate literacy and numeracy skills that indicate you are ready for the demands of the course (we help you to establish this at interview). Your literacy skills need to be at least level two (GCSE C grade or above) and numeracy level 2 or level one (GCSE D grade) depending on the Access course for which you are applying. We also expect to see good interpersonal skills, commitment to the area of study and enthusiasm and understanding of your chosen career route.

Access courses are designed for those with life experience, which means that they are not usually suitable for applicants aged under 19 years.

Funding

Assembly Learning Grant (ALG) funding is available for students taking either a full or part-time Access course. There are concessions available for those who receive some types of benefit(s), please contact student services for more information or click here to visit Student Finance Wales.

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