Level 3 Access to Higher Education Courses
The Level 3 Access to Higher Education Programme is a one year intense course which will give you the qualifications and academic skills to allow you to apply for university.
Our access pathways can progress you on to many careers, such as:
During the course, you will study a number of modules covering the subjects relevant to your chosen pathway. In addition to this, you will spend time developing your academic and study skills to prepare you for the standard required at university. Our team will support you with your university application, helping you through the whole process. Entry requirements vary by pathway, in order to meet the requirements of the programme of study and to ensure that you are meeting university entry requirements.
For certain pathways you need to hold GCSE grades C/4 or above in English, maths or a science.
During your Access to Higher Education at Riverside College, you will gain all the skills needed to help you at university including:
- How to correctly structure and write your assignments including referencing
- Correct grammar and punctuation
- Research strategies to complete your assignments
- Presentation Skills
- Independent Learning
- Revision techniques when taking exams
Level 2 Preparation for Access
The level 2 Preparation for Access course is a one year programme designed for anyone who needs to build up their English and Maths GCSE profile in order to gain entry on to their chosen Access pathway.
Many universities now expect students to have GCSEs in these subjects at the time of application, which takes place in the November of your Level 3 Access course. In particular for Health and Teaching related professions this is a requirement for entry to university and for employment.
On the Level 2 Preparation for Access programme you can study GCSEs in English and Maths. We will advise you which GCSEs you need to study. This will depend on any GCSEs, at grade C and above, you have achieved and your chosen Access pathway.
Alongside your GCSE(s), you will undertake a programme of study skills which will prepare you for the level of academic study you will undertake on your Level 3 Access course. You will also be supported to research the right university and degree for you and be encouraged to undertake relevant work experience to build up your personal statement.
Entry Requirements: You will need to be working at level 2 in English and Maths via our online assessment.
If we find that you are not ready for the Level 2 Preparation for Access course, we will discuss alternative courses to prepare you for Level 2 study.