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Pre-Access Course



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Minimum of 14 hours a week (3 days)



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What does this course involve?

One day per week will focus on GCSE Maths and English, so that all students have the opportunity and support to achieve these essential qualifications, which are a requirement in the world of work and necessary for further academic study. Our specialist tutors deliver an interesting and inclusive curriculum that prepares students for the GCSE exams at the end of the year.

In addition, this programme offers students the opportunity to develop their own interests in preparation for work or study. Learners acquire a set of essential skills, such as critical thinking skills, study skills, academic writing, and IT skills with the opportunity to personalise their studies to accommodate and develop specific interests.

Furthermore, all students receive an induction to the subjects taught on the Access courses at East Kent College, which include English Literature, History, Law, Politics, Biology, Psychology and Sociology. Learners will also attend a variety of events, including UCAS events and employability workshops.

Successful applicants must be prepared to undertake independent study outside of college contact time. This will require reading, research and essay writing.

In addition to GCSEs in Maths and English, students gain a Level 2 Progression Diploma from LASER, which is a full Level 2 qualification (GCSE equivalent).


What qualifications do I need?

This course is designed for learners aged 16+ who have a Level 1 or vocational Level 2 and some GCSEs at grade D.


Assessment methods will include essays, case studies, projects, presentations, and students will collect evidence of their work in a portfolio. Although there are some timed-essays and in-class assessments, there are no public exams for the Pre-Access qualification. Students will sit the standard GCSE exams for Maths and English.

Fees & Costs

Study on this course is free for those aged 16-18. How much learners have to pay for this course depends on personal circumstances and will be discussed at interview. Recipients of certain benefits may be entitled to funding for this course.


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

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