Access Level 3 Diploma 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. We would encourage you to apply as early as you can and to make an appointment with SERC Careers service to ensure you are applying for the most appropriate course.



Academic Year: 2022/23

Course Code: 10005

Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn, Newtownards, Ballynahinch, Newcastle

Study Type: Full-Time & Part-Time

Education Level Further Education

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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.

Days/times may be subject to change.


Course Modules

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.

Ideal If:
you have been out of education for two or more years and you want to gain entry to University.

You'll Learn:
from a range of subjects specific to the route you want to undertake, from Science or Psychology to English or Mathematics.

You'll Love:
the development of your personal and academic confidence through the debate and discussion you will be involved with and the enrichment activities such as guest speakers.

You'll Progress:

successful completion of Year 1 enables you to progress to the Access Diploma where you will complete 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.

You'll Need:

Entry to all programmes also includes successful performance at interview and in Literacy and Numeracy assessments.

Full Time course - you should be out of Full-Time education for a minimum of 2 years

Fast Track (1 year) course - you must have GCSE English, Maths and Science alongside a proven track record of success in academic study.  

Part Time course - you must have GCSE English, Maths and Science as part of a strong academic profile.

 

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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