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York College

Entry Requirement

Level 2 literacy qualification

Duration and Attendance

Timetables and hours of study will be discussed at the interview.

What You’ll Do

The course is divided into units of assessment. Each unit is broken down into learning hours and most of the units are worth three to six credits (one credit equals 10 learning hours).

The Access to Higher Education Diploma consists of a number of units which are built up to meet the students proposed subject at HE. To achieve the Diploma you must achieve 60 credits of which 45 credits are graded and 15 are ungraded. A minimum of two examinations taken under invigilation conditions must be successfully completed. All units are at Level 3 and need to be achieved.

The Diploma is taught as part of a combined course with Social Sciences and Education Professions.

This course is in three parts and you will:

  • Have a tutorial session which will be for three hours a week.
  • Take a specific unit for one session a week.
  • Study two subjects for 4.5 hours a week and the possible subjects are; English Literature, English Language, History, Law, Sociology. Individual modules are subject to change.

The programme delivery method includes lectures and seminars and a good level of student participation is expected.

Exams and Assessments

Assessment may take the form of reports, essays, examinations and presentations. Assessment will take place both during and at the end of each unit as appropriate and will be graded distinction, merit or pass.

How You Can Progress

Previous students studying access courses within the division have progressed to higher education and have studied a range of courses such BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy all at University of York, BA (Hons) Psychology at University of Wales, BA (Hons) History at University of Newcastle upon Tyne, BA (Hons) Literature at the University of Leeds, BA (Hons) Philosophy at University of St Andrews, BA (Hons) Media at Thames Valley University London and BA (Hons) Primary Teacher Training at York St John University.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770400.

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