• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Student
    Support

Course Overview

Now recruiting for January 2018 starts. Apply today!

Flexible Study Programmes

We offer flexible study programmes combining level 2 and level 3 with distance learning and more traditional taught sessions. We also have courses starting in September and January. This flexibility means that we can offer programmes of study which are tailored to your individual career progression needs.

  • Level 3 Access course studied intensively over one day per week plus distance learning: Tuesdays
  • Level 3 Access course over one year, studied over 2 days per week: Weds/Thurs or Tues/Weds
  • Level 2 and Level 3 combined Access programme over 18 months: Mon/Tues
  • Level 2 and Level 3 combined Access programme over 2 years: Year 1 Wednesdays
  • GCSEs Maths, English, Science

Most Access courses offer some option units which enable students to select units specifically linked to their career goal and university course. On the Access to Science and Nursing pathways students can select greater or fewer credits in science according to university progression requirements; however, these choices must be determined prior to enrolment on the course. No changes to the planned programme of study can be made once the course has started.

Specific and accurate advice and guidance can only be provided through a full one to one discussion with you at interview where we can discuss the entry requirements of your chosen university course and plan a programme of study that will enable you to succeed in achieving your career goal.

Please be prepared for your interview. Bring copies of all your existing qualifications in Maths, English and Science and any information you have relating to university progression courses and their entry requirements. In addition, some university courses require you to have work related experience before applying so be prepared to discuss this at your interview.

Level
Level 3
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Fees
Click here for fee information
Aged 19 and over? Click here to find out about our financial support available

Units and Structure

The course is made up of as follows:

Core units:

  • Academic Writing
  • Research Skills

Subject specific units from:

  • Health and Disease
  • Biology
  • Human Biology
  • Research methods
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

These units are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

Level 3 Access to HE Diplomas

Applicants must possess GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above. A recent study of science would be an advantage but not essential.

Applicants must be able to evidence a minimum of 50 hours relevant work experience (within the last five years), with the capacity to evidence 150 hours before the course starts.  (References will be requested).

Please make sure you bring copies of your existing qualifications with you to the interview.

Recruitment onto Access courses is a three stage process which begins following receipt of your application.

This process will be used to provide individual guidance onto an appropriate level / route of study.

  • Stage One: Skills Review (Maths and English).
  • Stage Two: Diagnostic Assessment (A more indepth Maths and English assessment).
  • Stage Three: Interview.

Offers are made on a first come, first served basis, following the interview. Failure to attend any one of these stages could impact on your chances of securing a place.

In preparation for achieving the level three Access to HE Diploma by the fastest route possible you should consider the following:

  • Achieving (or updating) Maths GCSE C or above.
  • Achieving (or updating) English GCSE C or above.
  • Achieving (or updating) Science GCSE C or above.

(You can arrange a brush up on one or both of these subjects by contacting the basic skills team on 0800 358 7676.)

  • Specific University entry requirements such as GCSEs or national qualifications.
  • Specific University work experience requirements, either paid or voluntary.

Or why not consider doing our ‘Stepping up to Science’ course which can include GCSEs in Maths, English and much more.

Once on the one year full-time course you will be required to complete an application for a University place straight away. Therefore, prior research is essential. Please refer to the University websites or visit http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ to explore your career options and/or visit our careers drop in service.

Please note: Most University courses require that you have RELEVANT work experience (paid or voluntary) prior to submitting your application for a University place.  If you need to do voluntary work to gain relevant experience then you will be advised to complete the Access course over 2 years. See details of our ‘Stepping up to Access’ level 2 course.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Apply or Enquire

Want to know more or chat to us?

Have any further questions about this course? You can contact someone specifically about it by using the details below or filling in the enquiry form.

Carmel McHugh
01302 553553 ext 4411
carmel.mchugh@don.ac.uk

Make an enquiry

Course Enquiry Form
Please check this is correct and change your date of birth if required.
Please include post code

Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

Level 3 Access to HE Diplomas

Applicants must possess GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above. A recent study of science would be an advantage but not essential.

Applicants must be able to evidence a minimum of 50 hours relevant work experience (within the last five years), with the capacity to evidence 150 hours before the course starts.  (References will be requested).

Please make sure you bring copies of your existing qualifications with you to the interview.

Recruitment onto Access courses is a three stage process which begins following receipt of your application.

This process will be used to provide individual guidance onto an appropriate level / route of study.

  • Stage One: Skills Review (Maths and English).
  • Stage Two: Diagnostic Assessment (A more indepth Maths and English assessment).
  • Stage Three: Interview.

Offers are made on a first come, first served basis, following the interview. Failure to attend any one of these stages could impact on your chances of securing a place.

In preparation for achieving the level three Access to HE Diploma by the fastest route possible you should consider the following:

  • Achieving (or updating) Maths GCSE C or above.
  • Achieving (or updating) English GCSE C or above.
  • Achieving (or updating) Science GCSE C or above.

(You can arrange a brush up on one or both of these subjects by contacting the basic skills team on 0800 358 7676.)

  • Specific University entry requirements such as GCSEs or national qualifications.
  • Specific University work experience requirements, either paid or voluntary.

Or why not consider doing our ‘Stepping up to Science’ course which can include GCSEs in Maths, English and much more.

Once on the one year full-time course you will be required to complete an application for a University place straight away. Therefore, prior research is essential. Please refer to the University websites or visit http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ to explore your career options and/or visit our careers drop in service.

Please note: Most University courses require that you have RELEVANT work experience (paid or voluntary) prior to submitting your application for a University place.  If you need to do voluntary work to gain relevant experience then you will be advised to complete the Access course over 2 years. See details of our ‘Stepping up to Access’ level 2 course.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course, please complete our online application form or download a printable form.

Apply Now