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Access Level 3 Diploma 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 6 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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Bangor
Full-Time 03/09/2018
20+ Apply Now
University Access (Holding Code)
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Downpatrick
Full-Time 03/09/2018
20+ Apply Now
University Access (Holding Code)
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Lisburn
Full-Time 03/09/2018
20+ Apply Now
Access Level 3 Diploma In Foundation Studies - Social and Biological Sciences - Year 1 (Progression)
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Bangor
Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 17:30-21:30
20+ £380.00 Apply Now
Access Level 3 Diploma In Foundation Studies - Social and Biological Sciences - Year 1 (Progression)
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Downpatrick
Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Wednesday/Wednesday
Time: 17:30-21:30
20+ £380.00 Apply Now
Access Level 3 Diploma In Foundation Studies - Social and Biological Sciences (Progression)
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Lisburn
Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Tuesday/Wednesday
Time: 17:30-21:30
20+ £380.00 Apply Now

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Course Overview

This course is specifically designed to allow adults out of full-time education (2 years or more) the opportunity to return to study and progress to University.  The Access Foundation Diploma is validated by Queen’s University Belfast and is equivalent to 3 A levels.  The aim of the course is to prepare students for further academic study at University, and is designed to improve knowledge, academic skills and also improve both personal and academic confidence. 

The Access Diploma in Foundation studies can be studied full-time over one year (Fast Track) or full-time over two years.

A prospective full-time candidate will be selected for either the fast track or 2 year programme dependant on academic history, interview and diagnostic tests.  The decision of the admissions tutor is Final.   Full-time courses are 15 hours per week and are free.

MODULES MAY INCLUDE:

2 different pathways are available and each Diploma consists of 6 modules;  

Combined Science (available only in Bangor)

  • Study Skills
  • Biology 1 & 2
  • Chemistry 1 & 2, and
  • Maths (Fast track only)

Social and Biological Science (available Bangor, Downpatrick and Lisburn).

Mandatory modules may include:

  • Study Skills
  • Biology 1

A choice of a further four modules which may include;

  • Psychology
  • English Literature
  • America Literature
  • Sociology
  • Mathematics
  • Biology 2
  • Chemistry 1
  • Irish History
Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the course you must be out of FT education for 2 years. 

Entry requirements for Fast Track Combined Science:

You must have GCSE English, Maths, Science and a good range of other educational qualifications.  Entry to programme also includes successful performance at interview and in Literacy and Numeracy assessments.  There will be a further academic assessment for suitability for Fast Track.

Entry requirements for Fast Track Social and Biological Science:

You must have GCSE English, Maths and a good range of other educational qualifications.  Entry to programme also includes successful performance at interview and in Literacy and Numeracy assessments.  There will be a further academic assessment for suitability for Fast Track.

Entry requirements for 2 year Full time Biological and Social Science pathway: 

Entry to programme includes successful performance at interview and in Literacy and Numeracy assessments.  

Entry requirements for 2 year Part time Social and Biological Science pathway:  

You must have GCSE English, Maths and a good range of other educational qualifications.  Entry to programme also includes successful performance at interview and in Literacy and Numeracy assessments.  

 

 

Where will it take me?

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 Science
  • 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 including;

  • 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 exam and coursework.  Coursework can involve;

  • Laboratory reports
  • Essay assignments
  • Presentations

Written feedback is given on all assessed work and a draft assignment system allows students the opportunity to improve subsequent performance.

Accreditation
Validated by Queen's University Belfast.
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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