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ACCESS to Higher Education

One or Two Year Course

Course Content

The Access course gives adults who do not have formal qualifications the opportunity to go on to higher education and ultimately to the career of their choice. It has been designed to be flexible enough to suit the needs of adults who may have personal, domestic or work responsibilities which must be fitted around their studies. The course enrols twice in every academic year in September and late January and all classes are timetabled between the hours of 10.00 am and 3.00 pm with no classes during the school half terms.

Students are able to select two optional units from the list below:

  • Human Biology and Human Physiology

  • Literary Studies

  • Physical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics)

  • Social Sciences (Psychology and Sociology)

Teaching methods on the course are varied and include lectures, workshops, self-directed research and study, laboratory practicals and seminar presentations

Method of Assessment

Students are required to compile a portfolio of evidence and will complete various assignments.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however applicants will require a basic level of numeracy and communication skills.


Students who successfully complete this kitemarked Access course will be awarded a certificate by the NEMOCN (North East Midlands Open College Network). This certificate will allow them to progress onto degree level or HND level programmes in areas such as healthcare, law, nursing science, social work or teaching.