Access to Higher EducationKensington and Chelsea College
- A Level
Frequent Asked Questions
All students are admitted to the College on the basis that they: Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct Provide original documentation that confirms entry qualifications. Meet the course entry requirements Provide information so that a school or college reference can be obtained if you are between 16-19 years old
We offer four diplomas under the Access to HE title:
* Access to HE Diploma (Education Studies)
* Access to HE Diploma (Humanities and Social Science)
* Access to HE Diploma (Social Work)
* Access to HE Diploma (Teacher Training)
This course is for those who wish to progress to degree-level study and other HE courses in education, humanities and social science subjects, social work or teacher training.
Students take a total of six modules, two of which - Study Skills I & II - are compulsory. Study Skills I equips students with the techniques needed for study, whilst Study Skills II assists students in the completion of their UCAS applications for University. The remaining four modules are chosen according to the individual's progression route. Humanities academic module options include: African and Caribbean Studies, Twentieth Century World History and English Literature. Social Science academic modules options include: Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology. Social Policy, Education Studies and 'Social Work: Theory and Practise' are also available.
GCSE Maths and English are both available to study as separate courses at the college (five hours class-time per week, per subject); a grade 'C' or above in maths is needed to progress to degree courses in psychology, and in English and maths for teaching and social work.
KCC offers GCSE Maths, English and Science equivalences as part of the Access programme. Science equivalences are necessary for primary teaching.
What are GCSE equivalences?
Equivalences have a narrower focus than GCSEs; they are vocationally specific, targeted essential skills modules. Students should be aware that the equivalences have no formal status or recognition outside the context of higher education (HE) admissions and should check with their prospective higher education institution that they will accept GCSE equivalences.
Teaching methods are active and student-centred including: group work, short lectures, discussion and debate, tutorials, role-play exercises and class excursions.
Classes are held during the day - the Access to HE diploma is not available as an evening course. There is, however, limited provision for evening classes in the Study Skills modules (Wornington Centre only), for those wishing to combine study with part-time work. It is not possible to work full-time alongside this course.
What background and qualifications do you need to join?
You will need to demonstrate a strong interest in the subject and written and spoken fluency in the English language to Level 2 standard. This will be tested at interview, which will include a short numeracy and literacy assessment.
What does the course lead to?
Students gain Open College Network (OCN) credits at level 2 or 3 for completed course work. A Diploma in Access to Higher Education is awarded for successful attainment of 60 credits and recognised by universities as an alternative to A levels. You must also attain 80% attendance in all modules in order to pass the course.
Successful students may progress to degree-level study in Humanities (e.g. History, English), Social Sciences (e.g. Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology), Teaching or Social Work. The programme has an excellent success rate. Students have gone on to study at many well-known universities including: the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), Kings College London, Goldsmiths College, London Metropolitan University, Brunel, Kingston, University of Westminster, Middlesex University and the Roehampton Institute.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
Both the above centres have well- equipped classrooms, a student common room, a cafeteria and a study centre with internet access.
How much should I study outside class?
Prospective students should be aware that time for private study is crucial as coursework is undertaken in your own time. We estimate that in addition to the 15 hours a week guided learning hours students will have to undertake approximately 15 hours of private study.
How is the course assessed?
Continuous assessment using a variety of assessment methods: written assignments, class presentations, debates etc.
Are any course materials online?
Yes, resources are available on the online student resource service (Moodle).
What books and equipment do I need?
Students may wish to purchase new or second-hand books due to limited provision in the college library. Students should also bring their own stationery to use.
What else do I need to buy? / What extra costs are there?
There are no extra costs (with the exception of occasional excursions) and no exam fees.
All students are admitted to the College on the basis that they:
- Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct
- Provide original documentation that confirms entry qualifications.
- Meet the course entry requirements
- Provide information so that a school or college reference can be obtained if you are between 16-19 years old