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Access to University (Under 19)



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Minimum of 14 hours a week



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What does this course involve?

This programme offers a broad range of subjects for students who wish to progress on to degree courses at University. The optional subjects include: English Literature; History; Law; Politics; Psychology and Sociology. In addition, students will also study two compulsory units, which are Study/IT Skills and Critical Thinking.

Successful applicants must be prepared to undertake independent study outside of college contact time. This will require extensive reading, research and essay writing. In addition to subject teaching, the lecturers will provide the transferable skills necessary to study at University. Universities frequently report that Access students are extremely well prepared for the rigours of degree study, as do our former students.

Students gain an Access to HE Diploma from LASER, which is a full Level 3 qualification (A-Level equivalent). The diploma is fully recognised by universities and application is through the same route as A-Level students.

The programme includes three subjects, which students choose from the following list: English Literature, Sociology, Psychology, History and Law. Alongside these subjects, students have a weekly tutorial session as well as Academic Study and IT skills lessons.

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways, including essays, presentations, reports and seminar discussions. Grading follows the LASER guidelines for Pass, Merit, Distinction and these grades can be converted into UCAS points, if required. Although there are some timed-essays and in-class assessments, there are no public exams.

Access students have gone on to study at Universities throughout the UK and the diversity of degrees studied is comprehensive: Anthropology to Zoology.


What qualifications do I need?

This course is designed for learners aged 17+ who hold at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent), including maths and English at grade 4 or above.


Assessment methods will include essays, case studies, projects, presentations, time constrained assessments and students will collect evidence of academic study in a portfolio.

Fees & Costs

It is free to study this course.


Higher Education, career and industry progression routes. Employability and UCAS support available.

Courses Levels: 
Level 3

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