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Access to Higher Education courses are designed for students who wish to study for a degree or diploma but who do not have the required qualifications.  The aim is to provide students (normally 19+) with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for success at university.  Our Access courses focus on areas of social science, social work and health care, with students going on to study for degrees in subjects such as: Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Social Work, Sports Science and various health care specialisms.

Access students come from a broad age range and varied backgrounds, and are typically dedicated and hard-working, having made a conscious decision to return to education.  They have the advantage of life experience and sometimes employment to draw upon, and are generally very well received by Higher Education institutions.

There are three important documents here for students interested in finding out more about Access course opportunities at Portsmouth College.  The Course Information Sheet provides details on the courses available, entry requirements, sources of information on university and careers and the application/interview process.  Please read the information here carefully as we hope it will answer many of your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions will help you with your research before and after you make an application.  In addition to the FAQs there is a list very useful websites on page 4.

The Access application form can also be downloaded here.

Additional Information

Hours of study
We try as far as possible to timetable Access classes to suit students who might have childcare responsibilities and/or evening work.  Classes begin at 9.00am (later on some days) and generally end by 3.00pm, although some courses might continue until 4.00pm.

Full time/part time
Access courses are designed to be full-time and to last for one academic year (September to early July). 

Minimum Requirements
For any one of the Access pathways you must already have achieved grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language (Functional Skills qualifications are not considered to be equivalent). 
Grade C in an appropriate GCSE Science subject will often also be required depending on chosen combination of course units and your degree course ambitions. 

The fees and student finance situation is now complex.  As you will see from the course information sheet, we will advise you about fees, student loans etc at your initial interview and we will also be offering drop-in sessions on this subject in May and June. 

Students aged 19 or over who already have a full level 3 qualification (2 A Levels or equivalent) will be required to pay the full course fee (c £3000 tbc). However, this can be taken out as a loan in a system similar to the one operated for university students. If you go on to successfully complete a degree your Access course loan is written off.

The interview process will commence in May 2017. 

Course validation
The awarding body for our Access courses is Laser Learning Awards, which is licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) to validate Access to HE Diploma programmes.

Register Your Interest

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What pathway do you want to study?*
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GCSE Grade in Maths*
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GCSE Grade in English Language*
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GCSE Grade in Science (If Healthcare, Nursing & Midwifery pathway)*
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