Foundation Access

  • Students

    The Foundation Access course is primarily for students aged 19+ who aspire to apply to university by undertaking the full time Access to HE course, but who do not yet have sufficiently high skill levels (of literacy/numeracy/ICT/academic study) to succeed on the Access to HE course. Foundation Access has been specifically designed to support progress onto Access to HE and then on to university application, although this will depend on your success and attendance on this initial programme.

    Within Foundation Access you will:

    Undertake GCSE English Language and/or GCSE Mathematics, if you do not already have these qualifications/do not have them at an appropriate level for university application.

    Undertake the Ascentis Diploma in Health and Social Care Professions - this will be taken at level 2, but with continuous work towards your level 3 literacy/numeracy/ICT/academic study skills. This is likely to be wholly on-line.  This should prepare you for progression to the level 3 challenges of Access to HE.

    Units covered in the Ascentis Diploma will be:

    • Research skills for academic study
    • Using the internet
    • Word processing software
    • Introductory awareness of the importance of healthy eating and drinking for adults
    • Human growth and development
    • Introduction to sociology
    • Introduction to psychology
    • Preparing for a career in the health and social care professions
    • Introduction to biology
    • Introduction to values and principles of adult social care

    You'll attend a two hour tutorial once a week (scheduled for Monday 12:30-14:30), in which your tutor will help you to reflect and progress with your on-line learning, GCSE programme and study skills in order to best support your progression to level 3.  There may be flexibility within timetabling but you should anticipate attending college two days each week. 

    Study key perspectives and principles of a range of specialist subjects, including: psychology, sociology, biology, history, literary studies, law).

    Throughout the Foundation Access course you will also:

    • Improve your inter and intra-personal skills
    • Improve key wider and transferable skills desired by universities and employers
    • Develop research skills and investigate your chosen career. The course will also give you the time to seek vocational experience in your desired area of work - essential for successful application onto Access to HE.
    • Explore your personal learning styles and devise individual learning strategies
    • Develop personal confidence
    • Develop presentation skills
    • Evaluate your further study and future career options
    • Begin drafting your Personal Statement ready for the UCAS application process

    Assessment is continuous throughout the year. Final assessment of the Diploma in Progression will take the form of a completed portfolio of work. Attendance is part time but will depend on which aspects of the programme you will need to undertake.

    It should be noted that this programme comprises of the GCSE elements (if required) the level 2 on-line diploma and the tutorial; completion of all aspects is mandatory and selection of certain elements is not permitted.

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Course Variant

Foundation Access

Level 2



Start Date

September 2018 (TBC)

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If you would like to apply for this course, please add it to your shortlist. You may then add further courses to your shortlist or continue to complete your application.

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What You Will Pay

Please contact Student Services on 0345 155 2020 for pricing information.

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