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About the course

This study programme is designed for our aged 19+ adult learners.

Please visit our 16-18 section for alternative courses.

This course is a recognised pathway into Teaching, Social Work, Mental Health Nursing, Law, Politics and many other Higher Education degree programmes. It is designed to meet the needs of learners who may not have had the opportunity to enter higher education earlier in their lives. The course includes a wide range of study skills as well as professional careers guidance.


Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required to join this course because prior experience is considered as important as formal educational qualifications. Applicants interested in teaching will need to have passed GCSEs in mathematics, and English. These subjects are available at the College. Applicants will be invited to an informal interview where they can find out more about the course from tutors, and decide if the course is suitable for them. Applicants must be aged 19 or over as at the start of the course. Applicants who are 18 on 31 August will be considered if they have hold GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 or above. 


This nationally recognised Access course provides a route to higher education. It is an alternative to A levels and is designed to meet the needs of adult learners.

What you'll learn (core modules)

Academic themes studied will draw from the disciplines of English literature; Social History, and Social Sciences. The course will familiarise learners with the core of study skills; simple statistical interpretation; research skills; critical thinking, and writing. It is particularly suitable for adults seeking to develop study skills and confidence alongside their study of specific subjects. This course is taught over two days a week at the Bury St Edmunds Arts and Humanities campus. 

How will I be assessed?

There are a mixture of assessments on the Access course. These include essay writing; time controlled assessments; a course portfolio of Higher Education Study Skills; and an Extended Project. These assessments develop the students academic skills in line with University expectations; therefore, ensuring a smooth transition into degree level study programmes,

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

This course is delivered at the main West Suffolk College campus in Bury St Edmunds. The campus has an array of modern classroom suites and catering facilities. There is on-site campus parking for students, subject to availability of spaces. The College has a modern and well equipped Library, with a dedicated area for Access students.  

Where will this course take me?

Entry on to degree programmes multiple degree programmes throughout the UK. Automatic progression onto BA (Hons) degrees in English and History; Business Management and Psychology; History and Sociology and the Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology; all available at University of Suffolk Bury St Edmunds. Future careers include Teaching; Social Work; Civil Service; Human Resource Management; Probation Service, and Management and Retail. 

If you need help with funding

This course qualifies for the Advanced Learner Loan (subject to individual status), details of which can be found on the College Website.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Please apply online for this exciting course. Alternatively, if you have any questions, or you would like to book an appointment with a member of staff, please email the course team directly on the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Days & times

Starting 09/01/2023
Monday 09:15 - 16:45
Friday 09:15 - 16:45

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