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Pre-Access in Humanities, Social Science and Science Level 2

The Level 2 Certificate for Skills for Further Study in Humanities, Social Science and Science, also known as the Pre-Access course, is ideal for people wanting to return to study and to build up their knowledge and skills across the subject areas of social science and science, before starting an Access to Higher Eduaction course.


Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 20-FL2PA-HSS-1

    Start Date September

    What time does the course start? TBC

    What time does the course end? TBC

    Is this course eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan? Yes

    Is there a registration fee? Yes

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body OCNLR

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • What qualifications or experience do I need to start the course?

    You will need to show evidence that you can commit to a timetable, attend lessons and complete assignments – both in class and independently.

    You will need to possess a good standard of written and spoken English and Mathematical skills. Your literacy and numeracy ability will be assessed through a diagnostic test as part of the interview process, but please bring any evidence of qualifications to your interview.

    The option to also complete a GSCE or Functional Skills qualification in English or Maths is provided alongside the Pre-Access.

  • How will I be taught?

    You will be taught be subject specialists in small groups. You will be guided through assignments with some in-class assessments of speaking and listening, timed writing and practical scientific skills.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The Pre-Access course is made up of eight units, which are delivered as assignments worth credits. Assessment is Pass/Fail and you will need to achieve sixteen passes at level 2 to achieve the certificate.

  • What qualification will I get?

    A Level 2 certificate (Pre-Access qualification).

  • What can this course lead to?

    Learners who are successful on the Pre-Access are able to then progress onto the college’s full Access to HE Diplomas in either Science, Social Science, or Business. Providing they also meet those qualifications individual entry criteria for GCSE as well.

  • How do I join the course?

    By making an application on our website and then coming into College for an interview.

  • Further infomation

    For further information about the course please contact the course manager, Helen Upfield: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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