Introduction to the course

The objective of the pre-Access courses is to prepare learners for further learning at a higher level, specifically for an Access to Higher Education Diploma or other level 3 Diploma in a related area.

What do I need?

No formal qualifications are required but learners must:

a) 18 years old on 1st September of each academic year.

b) Attend an assessment & interview appointment.

c) Have successfully completed language and numeracy assessments at interview.

d) Be enrolled on either GCSE maths and English or attend the Functional Skills Level 2 maths and English lessons that are part of the course timetables.

How is the course taught?

Two types of course are offered – one Gateway course (Tottenham) and one OCN course (Enfield). Both courses have set mandatory units which must be passed, and a selection of optional units that are chosen to help progression to level 3 courses. The Gateway course offer both a Certificate (basic) qualification and a Diploma (full qualification), and includes a variety of practical as well as academic units. The OCN course is a Diploma qualification only, and focuses more specifically on academic skills.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification will be awarded to learners who successfully achieve an approved combination of units through a Portfolio of Evidence that has been successfully verified and monitored through external Quality Assurance processes. Assessment of individual units utilise a variety of media – essays, reports, presentations, projects, role plays, exams etc.

What does it lead to?

The courses support progression to Access to HE Diplomas including:

  • Health

  • Health and Related Health Professions

  • Health and Social Care

  • Health Professions

  • Health Professions and Social Sciences

  • Midwifery

  • Nursing

  • Nursing and Midwifery

  • Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies

  • Paramedic studies

  • Psychology and Counselling

  • Psychology and Sociology

  • Psychosocial Studies

  • Science and Health Professions

  • Social Science

  • Social Studies

  • Social Work

  • Social Work and Related Professions.

Employer's Benefit

Although the primary purpose of this qualification is to progress to a level 3 course, and subsequently to university, many employers welcome the qualification as evidence of levels of skills and ability. Consequently, for learners who prefer to develop their career through apprenticeships and in-house training, this course provides a sound basis for local employment and training opportunities.

Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date - Study Mode
Tottenham Centre 16 Sep 2019 - 3 Jul 2020 - Daytime

Course Code: DP2MHSK1 / 19DA11A

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
This course is FREE if you fulfil the entry requirements, complete an Eligibility Residency Assessment, and if working, provide a copy of your latest payslip.

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Entry Level

This level will help you to develop general skills and improve your confidence if you do not have any experience or GCSEs. It will improve your basic reading, number skills and English language skills

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Level 1

This level will give you a good basic knowledge and understanding of the subject area. This level will develop your functional skills and give you some work experience.

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Level 2

This level will give you a deeper understanding of the subject area. This is a good level of education for employment and will improve your problem solving skills and increase your resourcefulness. This level is often the minimum requirement for employers.

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Level 3

This level gives you a thorough and developed understanding of the subject area. This level will give you experience in problem-solving, managing a workload and adapting your skills to achieve your objectives. This level is the minimum requirement when applying to universities and is the preferred requirement for most employers.

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Level 4 and Above

This level involves extensive studying and can help to make you a specialist in your field of learning or work.

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