People who want to study for degrees in business, computing, engineering and science but lack the exam results needed to go to university can boost their qualifications with new access courses on offer at City of Wolverhampton College.

The college is offering one-year Access to Higher Education diplomas – which bridge the gap between existing qualifications and what is needed to progress to university – in the subjects from September.

The diploma is widely recognised by universities and enables students to develop knowledge in their specific subject, as well as gaining the practical skills needed to study at degree level such as researching, planning and writing assignments, using and evaluating sources, critical thinking and analysis.

Elly Furber, curriculum manager for higher education at the college, said: “Access to Higher Education diplomas open the doors to university for people who left school without the necessary grades, as well as those who have had a break from education and now wish to return to studying.

“Each course focuses on a specific career pathways and is comprised of a range of individual units which, when studied together, will prepare learners to study at degree level.”

The part-time qualification requires students to attend college for 15 hours per week, usually over three days, and is available to UK residents aged 19 or over.  Students can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of their course which they will not have to start repaying until they are earning over £21,000 per year.  Alternatively, if they progress to a full degree the outstanding loan amount for the access course will be written off on completion of their university qualification.

The college also offers Access to Higher Education diplomas in education, humanities, nursing and health professions, social sciences, and social work – for full details click here

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