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Access to Higher Education

Specifically aimed at students over 19, the Access to HE Diploma offers a recognised entry qualification to higher education. You can study the course full time over a year if you have GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above, or for some university courses Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths are accepted.

For those candidates who still need to gain GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths, and/or do not yet feel ready for the one year course, we are pleased to be offering a Preparation for Access package of courses, for the year before taking the Access Diploma. This means that you would not be registered on the Access course in the preparation year, and would therefore not need to apply for an advanced learner loan, until the following year.

The package of courses on offer would be funded, and so you would be able to take any or all of the following during your preparation year at no cost:
GCSE Maths/English or Functional Skills Maths/English
Choices at the Clocktower Introductory courses
Elevate courses-level 2 college certificates to prepare for Access subjects
Preparing to Study for Access-a series of workshops covering essential study skills for Access
We hope that this will provide our potential Access candidates with plenty of opportunity to study and develop skills, to help them progress with greater confidence on to the Access to HE Diploma.
We offer a choice of subjects across our Diplomas, some of which may be mandatory. You need to check what subjects your prospective degree course requires, to help you decide what you should take. The Access team at St Vincent College is also able to help you make the right choices, and this will be discussed at interview.

Applying for Access

You can apply 3 different ways:

1. You can apply for these courses using this Application Form and use the Freepost address to send your application to St Vincent College.

2. Or you can fill in the Online Application Form (button below)

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3. Request an application form by emailing cio@stvincent.ac.uk your address details.

Once we receive the form we’ll send you an acknowledgement to let you know your application is being processed and then you’ll be invited to meet the Access Manager and attend an informal interview at college.


Access to Higher Education Diplomas

Nursing and Healthcare Professions
Social Sciences
Business Studies

Each Diploma is worth 60 credits, and you need to pass all 60 credits to gain the Diploma. These will be achieved across the range of units you take in your mandatory and optional subjects.

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Subjects available:

Biology,
◾ Business,
Criminology,
◾ Forensics
Health Studies,
Psychology,
Sociology.

For further information about the Access To Higher Education Diplomas please contact us by email on adulted@stvincent.ac.uk or by telephone on 023 9258 3890

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