University access courses at Portslade Adult Learning

100% progression to university for our learners

Our results are outstanding, with 100% achieving and 100% having offers to progress to their first choice course at university. Previously mock interviews were offered from a member of the teaching team from the University of Chichester. As a result learners were fully prepared for the interviews at university and have been accepted on highly competitive courses.

Access courses at Portslade Adult Learning

Great courses with plenty of support

Content and structure of our courses provides students with a clear understanding of topics. Our courses has had support from the three local universities as well as a member of the outreach team from the University of Cambridge who visited the college. This is as well as continued support from the University of Brighton with students given full Access to the library and study areas

Access to Higher Education at Portslade Adult Learning

Outstanding teaching in all areas

We are fortunate to have the same team this year as well as 2 experienced Access tutors joining the recently validated Access to Health course. Excellent support from teacher assistants helps to support learners with the quality of their writing, numeracy and IT. Very high level of support for a student with Dyslexia

Upcoming Courses

Entry Requirements

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.

Book your place on open day

The course leader, Michele Ponting will be present at the open day to discuss the course and answer any question you might have.

Download Application Form

If you need help completing this form please ring 01273 422 632 or email Michele Ponting at


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.

“Summer Southwell has recently completed the Access to Social Science course and we are very pleased to announce that she has been nominated for the ‘Outstanding Commitment to Study Access Prize'”

Read Summer’s story …