Full Time

Subject Area

Access to HE

Start Date

Call 0191 511 6000


St. Peter's



Course Level


Home / Course / Access to Higher Education General (Fast Track – January start)

Who is this course for?

This course if ideal if you have a passion to expand your knowledge and want to pursue a university education in one of the following areas:

  • Nursing and social work
  • Teaching
  • Health science
  • General HE

As a fast track version of our regular access course the content is taught over a condensed time period with classes running Monday to Friday on a full time basis from January 2014.


What do you need to apply for the course?

If you are between 19 and 25 years old you will need to have four GCSEs at a C grade or above or any full Level 2 qualification.

If you are over 25 years old you will need to have a minimum of a Level 2  qualification in Maths and English or a full Level 2 equivalent.

What are the key things you'll learn?

You will cover a range of subjects depending on the pathway you choose including:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Sociology
  • Teaching and Learning
  • IT
  • Study Skills

How you will learn

You will be assessed in a variety of methods including:

  • Essays
  • Group presentations
  • Time constrained essays
  • Self, peer and tutor observation and feedback

Where could this course take you?

This programme is a QAA Level 3 approved course designed to prepare you for higher education. It provides you with the appropriate entry requirements to apply for university to study a range of higher education related courses.


If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.


If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.

Previous Student Experience

“I was really apprehensive about going back into education after 12 years but the staff made it so much fun and relaxed. I am really looking forward to going to university in September and it is all down to the college making learning so much fun”.

Michael Grieveson, Access student 2011, going on to university to study Nursing.