Full time Access to Higher Education

Wakefield College

Price on request

Important information

  • A Level
  • Wakefield
  • Duration:
    1 Year

A highly successful, nationally recognised kite-marked course preparing adults wishing to progress to university. The College has close links with local universities that welcome students from the Access to HE course. Students are guided through their university applications and supported in their applications for relevant work experience.
Suitable for: A 'return to study' programme for adults wishing to progress to higher education. Five pathways available: Business, Humanities, Nursing and Midwifery, Science.

Important information

Requirements: Entry Requirements See main section of leaflet.

Access to Higher Education AQA


Where and when

Starts Location
On request
Margaret Street, WF1 2DH, West Yorkshire, England
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What you'll learn on the course

Basic massage techniques
Basic Mathematics
Basic Skills
Basic techniques of gold and silver work

Course programme

What you will study

You will study on one of four pathways: Humanities, Science, Nursing and Business. Each pathway consists of compulsory units and then optional units giving a total of 60 credits.

Humanities: Study Skills and four units from English Language, English Literature, History, Counselling, Psychology, Sociology and Biology.

Science: Study Skills and four units from Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Maths and Physics, Psychology and English Language.

Nursing/Midwifery: Study Skills, Psycho-Social aspects of Health, Biology and Human Biology are compulsory units. One appropriate option is chosen from Counselling, Sociology, Psychology and Chemistry.

NB Higher Education institutions will only accept applications for Nursing/Midwifery from home students or students with refugee status. It also important to note that individual universities change their entry requirements for Nursing and Midwifery on a yearly basis. At the moment many are asking for up to 300 hours of relevant experience and this will be explained fully at interview.

Business: Study Skills, Business Communication, Finance Awareness, Managing People and two options chosen from Maths, Sociology or Psychology.

Students on the Humanities pathway may have the option to take GCSE Mathematics if this is required for progression to, for example, a degree in the Social Sciences or Social Work, subject to having already achieved a Level 2 Numeracy qualification and being assessed (before the start of the programme) as having the potential to achieve GCSE Mathematics in one year.

Students on the Science Pathway may have the option to take GCSE English Language if this is required for progression to, for example, a degree in Pharmaceutical Science, Forensics or Speech Therapy, subject to having already achieved Level 2 Functional Skills English (not Adult Literacy or Key Skills) and being assessed (before the start of the programme) as having the potential to achieve GCSE English in one year.

Students on the Nursing/Midwifery Pathway may have the option to take GCSE Science if this is required for progression to a Nursing/Midwifery degree course.

How you will be assessed

Assessment takes place through course assignments and examinations. Each six or three credit unit at Level 3 will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. This will be printed on the HE Diploma, and the Diploma is worth 60 credits at Level 3.


The Access to Higher Education Programme will normally involve student contact time of a minimum of 450 hours over the course of one year, covering lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. In addition to this, students will carry out other directed study and private study.

Entry Requirements

HUMANITIES PATHWAY - GCSE English Language at grade A*-C.

SCIENCE PATHWAY - GCSE Mathematics at grade A*-C and Functional Skills English at Level 2.

NURSING AND MIDWIFERY PATHWAY - GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C. Applicants must also be able to show that they have paid or voluntary experience in a caring role or healthcare setting.

BUSINESS PATHWAY - GCSE English and Mathematics at grade A*-C.

FOR ALL PATHWAYS you will be expected to bring maturity and good organisational skills.to the course. All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be interviewed following a written assessment and satisfactory interview.

Additional information

Payment options: Please contact us for details.
Comments: Further study The majority of students progress to a degree course. There are many on offer at Wakefield College if you want to continue to study locally and benefit from competitive Higher Education fees. Students have progressed to a variety of universities, including Leeds, Leeds Trinity, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, York, Bradford, Hull and Lancaster.
Career opportunities: Depending on the pathway chosen Access students progress onto a range of careers:- Science: Radiography, Physiotherapy, Environmental Science, Dietetics, Forensic Science. Humanities: Teaching, Social Work, Law, Youth Work, Counselling. Nursing and Midwifery: Adult Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery. Business: A range of private and public sector business related careers.