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.

Information on how to apply
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