This one year intensive course is intended for adults with an interest in attending university to study English, Geography, Psychology or Sociology. It is specifically designed for those without formal Level 3, BTEC or A Level qualifications to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to apply to university.

Contact Time (per week):

Monday – Thursday 9.30 – 14.30
Plus one half day per week if you require GCSE English or maths.

GCSE maths and English at grades C/4 or above as this is a requirement of university study.
You may be able to undertake one of these qualifications whilst studying the Access to Higher Education course at the discretion of your course co-ordinator.

Course Content:

You will study units in:


Introduction to Literature

Appreciation of a Novel

Appreciation of a Shakespeare Play


Abnormal Psychology

Treatment and Therapies

Understanding Stress


Introduction to Ecology

Plate Tectonics

Rocks and the Rock Cycle

Environmental Pollution


Sociological Theory

Sociology of the Family

Sociology of Education Research Methods in Sociology

Study Skills

Career Progression Skills

Research and Referencing

Producing a Written Assignment

You will learn through a variety of methods including theory and practice, portfolio development and assignments, individual presentations and group work. The course will develop effective organisational and time management skills in order to complete the assessments outside of class time to meet your deadlines.

You will be taught by lecturers experienced in both their subject and in teaching adults.

Assessment will be ongoing using a variety of methods including written, oral and under exam conditions, in order to prepare you for your future university experience.

You will be encouraged to apply to chosen universities by early January and upon successful completion of the course, particularly at merit or distinction level, you should be able to attend university to study in your chosen field.

You will have access to various study facilities including a recently refurbished Library where you’ll have access to books, journals and computers. You will also have tutorial and study support throughout your course to assist you with your studies.

To support your progression, you will have the opportunity to attend various careers events at local universities.

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For Admission

Department : Access to Higher Education
Level : Level 3
Awarding Body: AIM AWARDS New College Stamford Logo
Starts : 09 September, 2019
Duration : 1 Year
Fees : £3000

: 01780 484 311