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Access Level 3 Award in Foundation Studies

Access Award in Foundation Studies. A course for mature returners to education to return to study and progress to University or Higher Education.

Available Sessions

We have 3 sessions available for this course running in Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
University Access (Holding Code)
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
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University Access (Holding Code)
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
20+ Apply Now
University Access (Holding Code)
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
20+ Apply Now

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Course Overview

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.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be out of full-time education for at least two years and you must prove your suitability for the course at an interview. Whilst there are no obligatory qualifications for entrance to the full-time programme, at interview you will be required to demonstrate that you are committed to the course, have the motivation to succeed and that you have reasonable literacy and numeracy skills demonstrated by undertaking a short literacy and numeracy assessment test.

In addition, for acceptance onto the part-time course, you must have either; GCSE Maths and English Language at grade C and above and a range of other GCSE qualifications; or the Level 2 OCN Extended Certificate in Further Study Skills (Restart Education).

Where will it take me?

On successful completion of the Access Award you can continue your studies for a further year by completing an Access Diploma in Foundation Studies which enables progression to a HE course at University or College.

Successful completion of the Access Diploma enables progression to a HE course at University or College onto many different degree paths.  Previous students have gone on to undertake degree programmes in Nursing, Social Work, Applied Sciences, Law, Teaching, Occupational Therapy, History, Sociology to name but a few.

How will it make me more employable?
While you're gaining academic skills within the course you will also be developing skills which employers want; presentation skills, time management, communication skills, group working and leadership skills.  These demonstrable skills will make you stand out when you attend an interview.
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
Each module is assessed using a combination of an end of module exam and course work undertaken throughout the module.  The course work can involve laboratory reports, essay assignments and presentations.  Written feedback is given on all assessed work and a draft system allows students the opportunity to improve subsequent performance.
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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