Access to Higher Education

  • Access to Business Studies

    Skills such as communication, literacy, problem-solving, self-management, teamwork, numeracy and the application of information technology are all required in business, but you also need a positive attitude, a ‘can-do’ approach, a readiness to take part and contribute, openness to new ideas and a drive to make things happen. Employers also value entrepreneurial skills demonstrating an innovative approach, creative thinking and fresh knowledge. This Access Diploma is for you if you want a dynamic career in business, management, finance or accounting. There are a wide range of career opportunities following a degree in business which may include accountancy, finance, marketing, advertising, retail or catering, while a degree in business with management may lead to a career in human resources. Subjects studied include mathematics for business, business management, finance and accounting as well as study skills and tutorial.

    Course dates:
    Sep 2014 – Jul 2015
  • Access to Fashion - Group A

    This Access Diploma is run in strategic partnership with the University of the Arts: London College of Fashion (LCF). It is aimed at students who wish to study fashion at university and includes a guaranteed interview with LCF as well as support from LCF staff to help you develop your portfolio. You will also receive invites to LCF fashion shows and have access to their library, based near Oxford Circus. Fashion graduates may go on to careers in fashion, textile or costume design or as buyers, merchandisers or managers within the fashion retail industry. Alternative career paths include fashion illustration, journalism, blogging and styling, or working as a public relations officer for a fashion house or retailer. Subject studied include fashion theory, fashion design and studio practice as well as study skills and tutorial.

    Course dates:
    Sep 2014 – Jul 2015
  • Access to Fashion - Group B

    This Access Diploma is run in strategic partnership with the University of the Arts: London College of Fashion (LCF). It is aimed at students who wish to study fashion at university and includes a guaranteed interview with LCF as well as support from LCF staff to help you develop your portfolio. You will also receive invites to LCF fashion shows and have access to their library, based near Oxford Circus. Fashion graduates may go on to careers in fashion, textile or costume design or as buyers, merchandisers or managers within the fashion retail industry. Alternative career paths include fashion illustration, journalism, blogging and styling, or working as a public relations officer for a fashion house or retailer. Subject studied include fashion theory, fashion design and studio practice as well as study skills and tutorial.

    Course dates:
    8 Sep 2014 – 29 Jun 2015
  • Access to Health & Human Sciences

    This Access Diploma is for anyone considering a degree requiring a foundation in science for a wide range of allied health professions. Future career pathways may include art therapy (this will also require post-graduate training), complementary therapies (herbal medicine, acupuncture, osteopathy), nutritional therapy, occupational therapy, operating department practice, orthotics, paramedic science, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, and speech & language therapy. Some of these NHS careers attract the NHS Bursary for eligible applicants and will require a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check by the university once a place has been offered. Subjects studied include human biology, biochemistry as well as one of the following modules in nutritional science, health psychology, herbal medicine.

    Course dates:
    Sep 2014 – Jul 2015
  • Access to Humanities

    Humanities are regarded as core subjects by universities and employers. These subjects encourage students to be analytical and autonomous thinkers, but they also ensure that you develop high-level skill sets to help you in your future career. You will develop skills of analysis, reflection and debate as well as academic skills to prepare you for independent study at university. A degree in a Humanities subject may lead to a career in teaching, the civil service, government and public administration, social and political research, PR, marketing, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, the United Nations and the voluntary sector. You will need to choose 3 of the following subjects - History, Literature, Philosophy, Creative Writing or Art History as well as study skills and tutorial.

    Course dates:
    Sep 2014 – Jul 2015
  • Access to Media Communications

    This Access Diploma is for those who wish to progress on to a career in film and television (pre- and post-production, editing, sound engineering etc), video, journalism, photographic journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising. It may also appeal to students seeking a managerial or administrative position requiring creativity and imagination. You will gain a variety of practical media skills and the academic grounding required to succeed in university education. Subjects studied included practical journalism, media communications and media studies as well as study skills and tutorial.

    Course dates:
    Sep 2014 – Jul 2015
  • Access to Midwifery

    This is a specialised Access Diploma for those who are planning to undertake a midwifery degree and have a passion for supporting women and their families through pregnancy and childbirth. This is a highly competitive field with limited places at university level, so Access Diploma applicants must organise some relevant practical work experience working with pregnant and/or breastfeeding women. You are advised to have this in place before starting the Diploma. You will need to be able to demonstrate to a university that you fully understand the wide range of issues you will be faced with when working as a midwife. All students will require a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check by their university once a place has been offered. Subjects studied include human biology, midwifery studies and psychology as well as study skills and tutorial.

    Course dates:
    Sep 2014 – Jul 2015
  • Access to Music

    This Access Diploma is for those with good practical skills and musical experience who wish to go on to study music or music technology at university. It will give you a rich foundation in your music speciality - composition, performance, and/or music technology. Past students have gone on to study at major universities and conservatoires across the country. You will need to choose units in the following modules: musicianship, contextualised studies and performance composition as well as study skills and tutorials.

    Course dates:
    Sep 2014 – Jul 2015
  • Access to Music Technology

    This course is for those with at least one year's experience on audio and MIDI sequencing software who wish to go on to study music technology at university. It can lead to a career in music production, sound design, live or studio recording, sound engineering or post-production. Students will be working towards the combined Music Diploma, with an emphasis on music technology. Past students have gone on to study at major universities across the country. You will need to choose from the following modules in: musicianship, studio recording techniques, music production, music business and song writing as well as study skills and tutorials. You will need to choose 3 of the following modules in musicianship, studio recording techniques, music production, music business and song writing as well as study skills and tutorials.

    Course dates:
    Sep 2014 – Jul 2015
  • Access to Nursing - Group A

    This Access Diploma is for those who wish to progress to one of four nursing degrees: adult nursing, childcare nursing, mental health nursing or learning disabilities nursing. Universities will expect students to have gained experience in hospitals or a relevant caring field, and will require a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check once a place has been offered. We recommend that you organise some voluntary or paid work in the healthcare sector as soon as possible to gain experience. This is a highly competitive field so to have some care experience will help you demonstrate your understanding of the positive aspects and challenges of the career. Subjects studied include nursing studies, health psychology and human biology as well as study skills and tutorial.

    Course dates:
    Sep 2014 – Jul 2015

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