Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
2 September 2019TBCDavid Whitaker

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.

WHAT IS THE ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION (HE) DIPLOMA?

Access to HE is a full level 3 Diploma course, which is specifically designed to enable mature (19+) learners to prepare to take, and to progress to university degree level programmes. Thousands of mature learners in the UK progress from Access courses to Higher Education programmes each year. The standard entry requirements for the Access to Higher Education course are GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above plus a commitment to learn.

WHY STUDY ACCESS TO HE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT COLLEGE?

The College has run an Access to HE programme for many years; our students are highly successful, and the great majority (95% in recent years) complete the course and achieve their Diploma.

At the College, we work hard to ensure that our Access course thoroughly prepares students for university study by:

  • Providing a very high standard of teaching
  • Enabling you to manage your time, and to study effectively
  • Supporting you throughout, whilst developing you as an autonomous learner

WHAT DO I HAVE TO STUDY?

At the College, all Access students study four subjects full-time. They also study a compulsory Academic Study Skills module. These five elements make up your Access to Higher Education Diploma.

We offer five different Access Diplomas. The possible subject choices for each of these are set by QAA, the agency that assures the quality of Higher Education in the UK.

Diploma 5: Social Science

Subject choices:

  • Gender, sexuality and society
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • English Language and Literature
  • Philosophy

WHEN WOULD I STUDY?

The College’s Access Diploma is a full-time programme. Students study in College for between 3 and 4 days a week. Currently, teaching sessions take place during the day, between 9.15am and 4.15pm.

WHAT COMMITMENT IS INVOLVED?

This is a very intensive programme, which demands a high level of commitment. The College’s Access to HE students must:

  • Attend all teaching sessions
  • Be prepared to organise their personal lives so that they are able to study
  • Be able to complete a substantial amount of self-study, including reading and assignments
  • Meet strict deadlines, as required by Ascentis, our Awarding Body

CAN I CONTINUE IN EMPLOYMENT WHILE I STUDY ON MY ACCESS PROGRAMME?

Yes. However, because of the demands of the course, Access to HE learners are advised to work in employment for no more than 18 hours a week during term time.

WHERE CAN I PROGRESS TO?

Our Access to HE students progress to a wide range of degree courses. For example, in 2013/14, students
took up places to study:

  • Midwifery at the University of Bournemouth
  • Biomedical Sciences at Southampton
  • Psychology at Portsmouth
  • Anthropology at Bristol
  • Teaching at Roehampton Institute

WHAT TUITION FEES WOULD I NEED TO PAY?

The Access programme is fully funded for learners who are aged 19-23, do not already have a full level 3 qualification, and who have been resident in the UK for at least the last 3 years. Learners who meet these residency criteria, but have a full level 3 qualification, are eligible to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan.

Learners who are over 19 years of age with full level 3 or who are 24 years or older at the start of their course, and who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years, are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Under this scheme, it is possible for learners who meet certain performance criteria to gain full funding of all Access to HE tuition fees. Please contact us for further information.

WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE TO ACCESS TO HE STUDENTS?

At the College, all Access students are given significant support to enable them to achieve their goals. This includes:

  • A full course induction, which all successful applicants must attend
  • Supportive subject specialist tutors
  • Advice and guidance with UCAS (University) applications
  • Support with academic reading and writing through the Study Skills module
  • Support with time management and interviews
  • One-to-one Personal and Academic Tutorials

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

If you meet the entry criteria, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after applications open (From November of each year). Please think carefully about the financial and time management implications of taking this course before applying.

HOW ARE APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR THIS PROGRAMME?

All applicants must meet the academic entry criteria above, in addition, they must successfully complete an interview.

Candidates who are called to interview are asked to complete and submit a short personal statement, explaining why they wish to take the course, and a short essay.

Both must meet a minimum standard.

WHAT CAN I DO IF I DO NOT MEET THESE CRITERIA?

If you do not meet the above entry criteria, we are able to offer a range of pre-GCSE level English and maths courses, as well as intensive one-year GCSEs. Please refer to Adult English and Maths and Fast Track GCSE web pages for further details, or contact Admissions.

WHO SHOULD I ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION?

Please contact Admissions on 01983 535210 or email  admissions@iwcollege.ac.uk.

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