No formal qualifications are required. However, the interview process will include a literacy and numeracy assessment and students must achieve level 2 or above in these assessments.

Students who do not achieve level 2 may be considered for the Preparatory Route.

This pathway is suitable for students wishing to move on to Social Science related Higher Education courses including degrees in Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology, Law and Business.

In order to achieve the award of a QAA approved Access Diploma, students must achieve a standardized number of 60 credits. 54 credits will be at Level 3, with 45 graded as pass, merit or distinction The Independent Project and Dissemination is a mandatory unit. The remaining 9 level 3 credits will be ungraded. 6 credits will be available at level 2.

An important note about maths and English:

Many universities require students to have both Maths and English GCSE at grade C or above and some also require Science. It is essential that candidates check the entry requirements of their university choices before enrolling for the ACCESS course.

If you do require Maths and English then you might consider the Preparatory Route – Academic Studies to prepare you for the Access programme.


Interview Process

The interview will include a presentation by the Course Leader that provides an overview of the course content and gives the opportunity for candidates to ask questions. A member of the course team will individually interview candidates. In addition, candidates will complete a literacy and numeracy task as part of the selection process. The interviews can take up to 3 hours depending on the number of students. It would support your application if you could bring to the interview the following documentation:

  • Evidence of previous qualifications
  • Evidence of relevant work/voluntary experience

The interviews will take place in February; March; April; June; July and August.

Please contact or complete the following form to book for the information session

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