This course is run at our Peterlee Campus.
The Access to HE course is specially designed for mature students (aged 19+) who wish they had taken their education further when they were younger and would like the opportunity to begin studying again to progress on to a university course such as an HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or Full Degree.
The full Access to Higher Education programme is split into two parts. This Pre-Access Certificate (Level 2) and then the full QAA Access to HE Diploma (Level 3).
A certificate is awarded after completion of the Level 2 qualification.
There are no formal entry requirements to study on this programme. Acceptance on to this course is conditional on your attendance at a Welcome Event prior to starting the course
A STRONG COMMITMENT IS NEEDED AS THIS PROGRAMME IS INTENSIVE.
What areas are covered by the course?
Like many other Access students you may be returning to study for the first time in a while, and this programme is specially designed to help you to get back to grips with the skills, knowledge and understanding you need to succeed and move on into Higher Education.
The Level 2 Certificate is the ideal route to help you brush up on your numeracy, literacy and study skills.
The units vary and can be selected based on the pathway students would like to follow. There is also the opportunity to suppliment your studies with up to three GCSEs.
In addition to timetabled classes, it is expected that students will complete at least 5 to 7 hours of further independent study per week.
How is the course taught?
The course is made up of lectures, tutorials and one-to-one sessions.
How is the course assessed?
Assessment is by coursework. Coursework may be written in the form of essays, research projects and presentations. There may also be examinations at the end of some units.
Length Of Course
We are aware that students may have work and family commitments to fit around their studies and therefore timetabling is as flexible as possible. Timetables are also planned to avoid school holidays.
Classes are run at various times between 9.15am till 3pm and 5pm till 9pm.
This programme then leads on to the Full QAA Access to HE programme which takes one year to complete.
Progression / Career opportunities
East Durham College students who have successfully completed this programme and then the full Level 3 Access to HE course have progressed on to study a wide range of degrees at universities and colleges across the UK, including the likes of Durham, Sunderland, Teesside, York and Hull - to name but a few.
Our students have studied degrees in subjects such as criminology, forensic biology, journalism, law, midwifery, nursing, physiotherapy, social work and teacher training.
EDC students have then gone on to have successful careers in fields such as nursing, social work and teaching.
The course may be free if you are claiming Job Seekers Allowance or ESA in the Work Related Activity Group.
There is a fee for this course. Please call Student Services for details.
The course is timetabled to meet the needs of adult learners and the College can provide nursery facilities (at the Peterlee Campus only) or help towards childcare costs for those who have children between the ages of 3 months to 5 years.
Financial assistance may be available - contact Student Services on 0191 518 8222 for further advice and guidance.