You'll choose three subjects from the following options: historical studies, literature, linguistics and original writing , sociology and psychology. The course will help you to develop the essential academic skills of critical thinking, evaluation and analysis. All of which will prepare you for independent study at university. Academic and tutorial support is given throughout the course, and you'll receive help and advice with your university application throughout the UCAS process.
Assessments take place throughout the course with essays, assignments, presentations, tests and exams. To gain the Access Diploma you'll need to achieve 60 credits with a minimum of 45 at Level 3.
You should be 19 or over at the start of this course.
Candidates are required to have GCSE English Language at a minimum grade C/4.
If you do not have GCSE Maths at grade C/4 you may be given the opportunity to study this subject alongside your Access Diploma to achieve a grade 4 or above. This option is intensive so you'll need to be committed to studying the extra hours.
Acceptance onto the GCSE course will be dependent on the result of an initial assessment.
This course will prepare you for study at university-level, but you should always check the entry requirements for the universities you are interested in as well.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).
Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.
Choose your university course and remember that South Thames runs university-level courses too so there could be something here that fits your career plans.
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