Pre-Access to Higher Education

Level 1 Diploma

Course Location


Stockport College


Stockport College

Further Details




Access to Higher Education

Course Start Date

Thursday 11th January 2024

Course Duration

, 24 Weeks

Course Time

09:00 - 17:00

Course Fee

£ 994.00
You may be eligible for support with your tuition fees - please visit the college website - funding and finance page for further information

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Course Overview

If you are passionate about going to university but do not meet the entry requirements for our Access to HE programmes, then our Diploma in Skills and Further Learning is a great first step in achieving this.

Our Pre-Access qualification provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills at Level 2 which link seamlessly to the curriculum of our most popular curricula within our Level 3 Access to HE Diploma.

You will learn all of the key study skills you will need to become confident and establish yourself at Level 2 before progressing to level 3.

If you’ve not yet got the GCSE’s (or suitable equivalent qualifications) you’ll need to progress on to university, you can study the pre-Access Diploma alongside our January-start GCSE’s in English and/or Maths.

Through this course we will enable you to build your confidence in academic work, manage your time, cope with stress, and deal with life beyond your studies so you can start as you mean to go on.

Course Requirements

Students who already have GCSE English and Maths (or suitable equivalents) will not require any further entry qualifications to start the pre-Access Diploma.

If you don’t already have GCSE Maths and English (or suitable equivalents) you can study these qualifications alongside this course.

What you will Learn


The Pre-Access diploma is a continually assessed course. This means there are no end of course exams. Instead, you will complete a series of assignments to meet the assessment criteria for each of the course units. These assignments will include written tasks, as well as activities completed in an electronic format.


Successful completion of the Diploma in Skills and Further Learning equips you to enrol onto one of our Access to Higher Education Level 3 Diploma.

With just a year of additional study, you could then be eligible to progress to a related higher education course here at the College or at one of several universities across the country.

Career Options

The level 2 pre-Access Diploma is designed to allow students to progress on to the level 3 Access to HE Diplomas offered at the Trafford College Group. We offer a wide range of Access to HE Diplomas, which then allow students to move on to university-level study, including:

Access (Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Professions)
Access (Science)
Access (Health Science)
Access (Engineering)
Access (Social Sciences)
Access (Computing & Digital)
Access (Film & Creative Digital Media).

Once we know your preferred university course, we will work with you to identify the most appropriate Access to HE Diploma to get you into your chosen degree and profession.

Mandatory Units

 Developing Own Interpersonal Skills
 Improving Own Learning and Performance
 Critical Thinking
 Research Skills

Contact Details

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Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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