Diploma in Law
This Diploma can lead to a variety of careers including solicitor, barrister, local government, insurance, police force, teaching or human resources.
Law is a mandatory subject for this Diploma; students can then choose three other subjects relevant to their future study and career plans; options are English, History and either Psychology or Sociology.
Diploma in Humanities or Humanities with Mathematics
These Diplomas usually lead into a degree in one of the subjects taken. Upon graduation, career opportunities might include secondary teaching, librarianship, archaeology, business or management.
Mathematics is a mandatory subject for the Humanities with Mathematics option. Students can then choose three/four other subjects that will be relevant to their future study and career plans; options are English, Law, History and either Psychology or Sociology.
Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery
This popular Diploma usually leads to a career in one of these areas.
The Diploma is made up of units in Biology, Social Issues in Healthcare and Psychology with one unit from either Chemistry, Maths or Sociology.
Diploma in Allied Health Professions
This popular Diploma can lead to a career in health services (other than nursing and midwifery) so is ideal for those who wish to progress into areas such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, podiatry or paramedic science.
Biology is a mandatory subject for this Diploma. Students can then choose three other subjects relevant to their future study and career plans; options are Psychology, Chemistry, English, Maths, Physics and either Social Issues in Health Care or Sociology.
Diploma in Primary Teaching
This Diploma is specifically aimed at those students who plan a career in teaching at primary level.
Students will choose a combination of any four of the following subjects, reflecting the areas they wish to specialise in: Biology, Chemistry, English, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, History and Sociology.
Diploma in Science
Relevant to those who wish to pursue a science-based career including biomedical, biology, forensic, chemistry, physics, mathematics, environmental science.
Students will choose a combination of any four of the following subjects, reflecting the areas they wish to specialise in: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.
Diploma in Social Science
This Diploma provides the grounding for a variety of careers including social work, counselling, psychology, sociology and teaching.
Psychology and Sociology are mandatory for this Diploma – students then choose two other subjects, reflecting the areas they wish to specialise in: English, Law, History and Social Issues in Healthcare.
How long does an access course last?
Access courses are usually completed full time over one year but by agreement may be taken part time over two years.
We offer flexible timetables to enable you to fit your study in around your existing commitments, and facilities such as onsite childcare are available if required.
How can the course be funded?
If you are aged 19 or over you will have the option to:
- Pay the course fees personally.
- Have an employer/sponsor pay the course fees for you.
- Apply for an advanced learning loan to cover the complete cost of the course.
What is Advanced learning loan?
Advanced learning loans
Advanced learning loans give you access to financial support for tuition costs. This means that rather than having to pay for your course at the start, you can pay with a loan from the Student Loans Company.
You will only start to repay the loan once you have left the course and are earning over £21,000 a year.
If you take out a loan you will not have to repay it if you go on to complete a HE qualification.
Who can take out an Advanced learning loan?
Advanced learning loans are for anyone who is:
- Aged 19 or over at the start of the course.
- Studying at Level 3 to Level 6 in further education or training.
- Resident in the UK.
- You will not be eligible for a loan if you have already taken one to complete the same type and level of qualification.
- If you are aged 19-23 and are applying for your first Level 3 qualification, this may be free. Please contact us to check your eligibility.
- If you are taking out a loan for an access course, you will not have to repay it if you then go on to complete a higher education qualification.
- Loans are available irrespective of your current employment status and will not be means tested or subject to any credit checks.
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How to apply
Print & complete an application form then post to:
Adult Education Team
On receipt of your application form we will contact you to arrange an interview