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Pre-Access Studies

Who is this course for?

For adults who can read and write English confidently, but still need to improve their skills before going on to a Level 3 course. If successful you will be able to apply for Access the following year.    Access courses prepare you for entry to university.

What is this course about?

There are four Pre-Access Studies classes: Health and Social Care, Humanities and Teaching, Science, and a general route for those who are not sure what they want to do or need more support with their studies. 

Depending on the results of your assessment, and the class you join,  you will study GCSE English or Functional Skills English, GCSE Maths or Functional Skills Maths, and an OCNL  Level 2 Certificate for Progression.  For the Certificate, you will take Study Skills and study subject option units in the area of your interest.  You will also receive information and help in applying for further study or work, and may take other short couses to help you in this. 

What do I need to get on the course?

No formal qualifications are required but you must be at Level 1 English and Maths to be considered. Acceptance will be based on an assessment test and interview in which you must show potential Level 2 skills.   You must also have the necessary motivation and commitment to study for a year with a view to possible progression to further study.

What qualification will I get?

NOCN (National Open College Network) Certificate for Progression, GCSE English or Functional Skills English, GCSE Maths or Functional Skills Maths.

What can I do after the course?

Successful completion of this course may lead on to an Access or similar Level 3 courses, or employment.   At this college, students may progress onto Access courses in Business, Humanities, Media, Nursing and other health-related professions,  Science, Social Science, Social Work or Teaching.

How do I get on the course?

Complete a College application form, followed by interview.

Is there anything else I need to know about the cost of the course?

Concessionary students pay a £30 annual registration charge, which covers any courses where concessions are available.

Case Studies

Venessa Vanriel - Pre Access

Having recently been made redundant, Venessa took the brave step of embarking on a career change. She has enrolled on the Pre Access course at City and Islington College and aims to complete a degree in Human Resources and Business Management. Her attendance, punctuality, commitment and effort at College have been exemplary.

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Fees are based on 2013-14 fee policy. These are subject to change.

For courses that are longer than one year additional fees are likely to apply in the following year.

The college reserves the right to change dates, fees and other details described above or cancel courses if circumstances demand.

For most full-time courses you can apply online. If you are unable to submit an application online you can order a paper application pack.