What is an Access course?

Access to Higher Education at PACA Adult Learning, Brighton, Sussex

PACA Adult Learning Access to Higher Education courses in Brighton

An Access course is a qualification that enables a person to become eligible to study at degree level. The course prepares those who would now like to go to University but for whatever reason, left school without the qualifications needed. The Access Diploma is recognised by the majority of UK universities and has no upper-age limitation. Access courses are typically one year long. The Access pathway is suitable for those seeking Social Science related Higher Education, including degrees in Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology, Law, Adult Nursing, Child Nursing, Paramedic Science, Midwifery, Operating Department Practice, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.

We are proud to be able to support adults on their journey towards a career. Students are also given support to apply for a University place through the UCAS applications process.  Sign up for an Open Day.

100% progression to university

Progress to Higher Education with PACA Adult Learning
Here are PACA Adult Learning, our results are outstanding, with 100% passing the course and 100% receiving offers to progress to their first choice course at University. Our learners are then fully prepared for their interviews at University and many have been accepted on highly competitive courses.

"Just thought I’d let you know the Universities of Brighton and Surrey have offered me a place! Can’t believe it.... I’m very happy!" - Emily

Sussex location for courses

PACA Adult Learning Access courses at the Clarendon Centre Brighton
We have two Sussex learning locations, Portslade and central Brighton. Foredown Tower in Portslade is particularly unique and we are in walking distance from Brighton main train station. We have continued support from the University of Brighton with students given full access to the library and study areas.

"I am pleased to tell you that I have received a conditional offer at Brighton University to study Adult Nursing. Thanks for your support!" - Joyce

Support for our learners

Teaching support for our students on the Access to Higher Educations Brighton course
Previous student feedback about how passionate the Access team tutors are. The tutors are also very experienced and able to provide a high level of support for students with Dyslexia and assist with the quality of writing, numeracy and IT to help everyone increase their confidence and ability.

"Just to update you I have received 3 conditional offers from Brighton, Surrey & Portsmouth to study for degrees in Sports Science yay!" - Leah

If you are not quite ready to start an Access course and need a little support beforehand, we offer the opportunity of enrolling on a Pre-Access course which will ensure you develop the skills and confidence you need. If you successfully complete the Pre-Access course you can seamlessly join our next full Access course.

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

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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 open day place

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 m.ponting@paca.uk.com

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