AccessAccess Diploma

Past students generally progress to universities including Cumbria, UCLan, Lancaster, Manchester, Leeds, York, Exeter, Newcastle or Sheffield. They study a variety of degrees, such as nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, radiography, social work, youth and community work, teaching, history, sociology, law, psychology, biomedical sciences or sports therapy.

The Access Diploma is specifically designed for people aged 19 years and over who want to progress onto university. Perhaps you’ve taken a break from education due to other commitments but have always wanted to gain the qualifications you missed at school, or maybe you’ve discovered that the career you want requires university level qualifications. Whatever your situation, the Access Diploma offers you the opportunity to gain a qualification that could open the doors to university for you.


Funding Your Course

If you are aged 19-23 and do not have a full Level 3 qualification, you may be able to study the Access Diploma for free. If you do have to pay fees, Advanced Learning Loans are available to fund course fees and expenses. If you undertake an Access Diploma and then go on to complete a university degree course, the outstanding balance of the Advanced Learning Loan is written off. Consequently, the course could be free. Call Student Services on 0800 306 306 for more details or click here.



What do I need to join?

A range of evidence may be considered when assessing the potential of an applicant to succeed on an Access Diploma e.g. their life skills, previous employment, prior achievements and professional qualifications. However, the general expectation is that a student will:
• have good level 2 skills reflecting ability equal to 5 GCSEs at C/4 or above or any equivalent professional qualification
• Successfully complete an initial assessment
The offer of a place will be determined by the following three factors:
• The student’s performance at interview
• The successful completion of the assessment
• The consideration of prior achievements and/or qualifications

General Information

This is a one year course providing you with the opportunity to seek entry to degree courses at universities and higher education institutions, or further training.
The Adult Alternative to A Levels and GCSEs.

Who is this course for?

The course is primarily aimed at mature students aged 19+ who are prepared to commit themselves to a full year of study for approximately 15 hours per week and progress onto university. It is particularly geared towards students who want a second opportunity in education or who have gaps in their education due to other commitments.

Course Information Sheet

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For information, advice and guidance, or to apply, please phone Student Services on 01524 521237 or 0800 306 306.


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Student Profiles

Jennifer Thurston

September 11, 2019

Course taken: Access to Higher Education

Sarah Maltby

September 05, 2018

Courses taken: Pre-access to Healthcare and Access to Healthcare 

Access Diploma Subject Options

Level 3 English

English Language
An introduction to the central importance of language in everyday life through a study of the structure of language analysis. There will be opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of linguistic features through the stylistic analysis of individual texts as a method of identifying the defining features of varieties of language use and genres of text, e.g. Journalism, advertising, poetry, prose.

English Literature
An introduction to the evolving traditions and features of literature in English through exploring how writers shape meaning through the use of form, structure and language in a range of texts.
These consist of the following:

  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • King Lear - William Shakespeare
  • Poetry by female writers - supplied by tutors

Level 3 Human Physiology

The course offers an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human body, exploring the structure and function of the body’s main organ systems and an examination of some physiological processes such as homeostasis, defence and reproduction. The course includes a practical component, including dissections and laboratory based investigations.
Topics covered include:

  • Basic Cell Biology
  • Physiology of the Body’s Systems
  • Homeostasis and Regulation
  • Human Reproductive Biology
  • Muscular-skeletal system

Level 3 Criminology

The aim of this course is to enable students to develop an understanding of the differences between Crime and Deviance in society and how our perceptions change over time and between cultures
Topics covered include:

  • Crime as a social construct
  • Societal responses to crime
  • The Criminal Justice system
  • Psychological explanations for Human Aggression
  • The role of the media

The course involves discussing key topics in Criminology and is designed for those who have an interest in working with people either within or outside the Criminal Justice system.

Level 3 Psychology

The course introduces a range of approaches to understanding aspects of the human mind and behaviour. It also provides an opportunity to conduct a practical investigation into a psychological issue.
Topics covered include:

  • Social Psychology
  • Behaviourism
  • The Cognitive Perspective
  • The Psychodynamic Perspective
  • Memory
  • The Nature of Mental Illness and its Causes
  • Research methods

Psychology develops your ability to think scientifically about the mind and behaviour, and also involves discussion and opinion.

Level 3 Sociology

The aim of the course is to enable students to develop an understanding of Sociological theory and methods.
Topics covered include:

  • Theories of society; Marxism, Functionalism, Feminism and Interactionism
  • The nature of Social Inequality,
  • Cultures, norms and values in society
  • The role of structures in society including Family, Education and the Media
  • Post Modern approaches in explaining society

The course involves discussing key topics that are important to everyone in society and is designed for those who have an interest in people and a desire to understand how society functions

Level 3 Human Growth and Development

This subject examines all major life changes in human growth and development in areas of physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. 
The stages included are:

  • Conception and Pregnancy 
  • Infancy
  • Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Adulthood
  • Old age
  • Death and Bereavement

Family studies is a unit included in this subject which analyses the diversity of family life, issues faced by many families, the symmetrical family and the changing roles in family life over the last 60 years.

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