Overview top

The Pre Access programme is designed for adults who wish to return to education and who currently do not hold GCSE Maths and English Grade A-C or equivalent levels.

This course is split into two sections, learners must start on the Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development.  This starts in September and runs until January.  Upon successful completion of this programme, learners will progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development which runs from January until the end of the academic year.

The course is designed to provide an introduction to working in a number of sectors, whilst also developing more generic employability skills designed to build confidence and help adults return to education.  It gives adults a good variety of knowledge, skills and behaviours which will benefit them on the Level 3 Access to HE programme (also available at the college).  It is therefore a great start for learners who wish to progress on to the Level 3 Access Programme and who want to embark on a degree programme. 

Alongside the programme, learners will also complete Functional Skills level 2 Maths and English.

Level 2 Certificate units include:

  • Personal learning skills
  • Research Skills
  • Understanding Disability, Society and Law
  • Living Processes
  • Investigating a Career
  • Personal Confidence & Self Awareness

Level 2 Diploma units include:

  • Presentation software
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Valuing Equality and Diversity
  • Communicating Information

Entry Requirements top

English and maths abilities will be measured using a short online assessment prior to being offered a place on the programme.

Assessment top

Assessments are varied and can include written assignments, reports, presentations, posters which are collated together to build a portfolio of evidence.  All units need to be completed to be awarded the qualification.

There are no external exams attached to the programme (except in Functional Skills Maths and English)

Professional Opportunities top

Internal progression onto the Level 3 Access programme is guaranteed for all successful level 2 learners.