Perhaps you think you've missed your chance at University because you didn't get the qualifications needed to apply when you were at school. Or you're stuck in a job you don't like because you lack the educational qualifications to change? Maybe you've lost your job, or had a break from employment and want to change direction but don't know how to go about that change, or even what the change of direction might be. Or, perhaps, you're employed in an employment sector you love, but can't get any further than the position you're in now because you lack the necessary educational qualifications.
Access Award in Foundation Studies can help you with all of the above dilemmas. It is a level 3 academic qualification, validated by Queen's University Belfast, specifically tailored to the needs of adults who must be out of full-time education for at least two years. The course is concerned with improving knowledge, skills and personal and academic confidence with the eventual aim, following completion of the Diploma year, of progression to HE courses in universities and colleges both here and in England, Scotland and Wales.
The course runs on a daytime full-time basis and a night time part-time basis; the full-time course is 15 hours per week and is free with the part-time evening course being 9 hours per week and has incurring fees in both Award and Diploma years.
The Access Award pathway consists of three modules in Social and Biological Science with compulsory modules of Study Skills and Biology 1 and can include subjects such as Psychology, English or American Literature, Sociology and Mathematics.
The Access Diploma (Progression) completes the Access suite by undertaking a further three modules relating to career path aspirations. These may include Chemistry, Biology 2, English or American Literature, Irish History, Politics, Sociology, Mathematical and Statistical Methods.