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Pre University Courses at Riverside College

If you do not have the qualifications or experience required, or are not quite ready to study on a higher education programme, we have a wide range of courses designed to prepare you for higher education courses with us or at university.

Full details of our courses can be found on our website courses area or by calling our Adult Admissions Team on 0151 257 2053. If you are unsure if you have the entry requirements for any of our courses, please enquire and we will advise you of the best route for you.


Level 2 Preparation for Access

This is a one year programme designed for anyone who needs to build up their English, maths and/or science GCSE profile in order to gain entry on to their chosen Access pathway. You will also be prepared for university study through our study skills programme.


Access to Higher Education Level 3

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a one year level 3 qualification which prepares you to study at university level.

Our access pathways can progress you on to many careers, such as:

  • Social Work – including Youth Work
  • Forensic Psychology and Forensic Science
  • Working for the Criminal Justice System
  • Nursing – Adult, Children’s and Mental Health
  • Midwifery
  • Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedics
  • Primary and Secondary Teaching
  • Engineering
  • Museum Curator
  • Business and Marketing
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Animal Management
  • Biological Science

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Award in Education and Training

The 12 week programme covers the basics of teaching in continuing and adult education including how to plan sessions, motivate learners and use a variety of assessment methods. After this programme may be eligible to progress on to the Certificate or Post Graduate Certificate in Education.


Level 2 and 3 Counselling Courses

The Level 2 Certificate in Counselling is a 15 week part time course, and the Level 3 Diploma in Counselling is a one year part time course. After successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma in Counselling students can progress on to one of the Foundation Degrees in Counselling and the top up to full degree.


Find out more and apply for these courses:

To find out more details on all of these courses, please visit the courses area of our website by clicking here. There you will find full details of entry requirements, dates, times, fees and a full course information leaflet.

To apply simply fill in the Higher Education Application form online by clicking here. If you are unsure if you meet the entry requirements, fill out the form and one of our advisors will contact you.


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