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Course Information: Access to Higher Education Diploma

About this course

If you want to go to University to study at a higher level this is the course for you.

Course description

Course details

If you want to go to university to study at a higher level this is the course for you. Following this course you could study to become an artist, a designer, a teacher, social worker, community worker, youth worker, a nurse and much more. You can choose from 5 pathways: Art and Design, Combined Studies, Education, Nursing and Health Studies or Social Science and Community Studies.

You will have the option to study a one or two-year programme.
One year programme will be four days of study 9.30 am – 3.00 pm.
Two year programme will be two days of study 9.30 am – 3.00 pm
(Art pathway only will be 10.00am – 4.00 pm.
New for September 2013 there is an option of a two year evening programme.
English and Maths are compulsory for all pathways, however if you already have a GCSE Maths then you will be exempt from Access maths.
For the Art and Design pathway you may be exempt from English and maths if you already have these qualifications.

Course requirements

Entry to the course is by informal interview and an assessment of your current skills in English and Maths. For the Art and Design pathway you will need to bring samples of your art work with you. You will be expected to maintain 80% attendance throughout the course. You will also need to complete assignments, by the given deadlines, which meet all the assessment criteria as outlined by the Open College Network.


City Learning Quarter, Old Hall Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3AU

What are the benefits of this course?

On completion of this course you will be awarded a Level 3 Diploma by the Open College Network of the West Midlands. This will enable you to apply to a university of your choice. During the course, tutors will introduce you to the research, recording, presentation, organisational and management skills essential to study at university.

The Art and Design pathway is ideal if you are thinking about a career in the ‘Arts’ resulting in a portfolio of artwork suitable to take to an interview at university.

How will I learn?

There is a mixture of taught classes and workshops where you will have the support of a tutor, time to work on assignments, carry out research, and use a computer.

The Art and Design pathway sessions are practical. You will learn through tutor demonstration and presentation, independent practical activities and research to develop the skills needed to produce a portfolio of artwork by the end of the course.

Additional support in literacy, numeracy and ESOL is available on request.

How will my progress be monitored and assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. You will have regular meetings with a member of staff to review your progress and to set targets.

Tutors will give you verbal feedback during each lesson and written feedback at regular intervals.
Throughout the course you will discuss with your tutor what you need to achieve and record it on your Individual Learning Plan.

Are there any additional costs?

On the Art and Design pathway basic art materials will be provided free of charge. There may be a £30.00 studio fee for resources used during the media phase. For all other pathways there are no additional costs, however you will need to provide your own stationery.

What qualification will I get?

A Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma from Open College Network West Midlands.

What will I be able to do after this course?

This course will equip you with a qualification and the skills required for progression to university and studying at degree level.

Further information

Reception 01902 558180,
Information, Advice and Guidance 01902 551658,
Minicom 01902 558176,
Access Studies Office 01902 558168,
Art & Design Pathway Office 01902 558143,
Web site www.aes.wolverhampton.gov.uk,
Email enquiries@aes.wolverhampton.gov.uk

Contact Details

01902 551586