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Pre-Access to HE

  • Overview of the course

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    Pre-Access to HE, also known as the Ascentis Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Further Study in Social Science and Humanities, is a well-established national qualification which allows students without traditional Level 2 qualifications to work towards the Level 2 Award, and progress to the Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma the following year, which may lead to entry into university.

    This is a one year, part-time course that will help you work towards achieving the qualifications you need to gain entry to a degree course at university in subjects such as Sociology, Social Policy & Psychology. You will also undertake other topics such as Communication Skills and Essay Writing.
  • What you'll learn

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    In order to gain your Award you will study the following academic modules:

    - Sociology
    - Social Policy
    - Psychology

    Within these modules will be a variety of units, ranging from Criminal Justice and Social Policy to Sociological Theory. In addition, you will study a selection of developmental skills units that underpin the research, essay writing, study and critical skills required for this course, and that will support your future academic studies at university.
  • Entry requirements

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    There is no prior knowledge required for this qualification. Although working at Level 2/GCSE English A*-C / 9-4 is desired. If you do not have these, then these can be studied alongside this qualification.

    Please note that to progress to the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, you will need English and Maths GCSE at a grade A*-C / 9-4, and you may require additional GCSEs if they are required for entry to your chosen university course. You are advised to investigate potential university progression routes to establish specific entry requirements they may require.

    Please note - English and maths equivalents will be accepted providing the applicant provides proof from their chosen university that they will accept for entry to their chosen programme.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed in a variety of ways including essays, presentations, and portfolio building.

    Although there is no formal examination, you are expected to work on your assignments/portfolio in your own time as part of directed study.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    Please be aware that this course requires you to attend college for two sessions per week which last three hours.

    In addition, you will be expected to participate in independent study to prepare for future lessons and assignments, and it is advisable that you also have in place suitable vocationally specific workplace experience as this will enhance your university application, especially if you wish to enter Social Work/Social Care as a profession.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    You can also contact the Student Services Centre at our Deane Road Campus on 01204 482 182 or call in between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    The first step is to attend an Access Admissions Event. Click here to book your place today.
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £778.00
    Other fees: £46.00
  • Future opportunities

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    Many of our learners progress to the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma which may lead to undergraduate degrees at local and national universities in Social Science subjects, for example single honours degrees in Psychology, Sociology or Criminology, or dual awards in humanities subjects.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    09:30 - 12:30
    6.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    34 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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