Pre-Access Course

Want to progress into Higher Education?

If you're considering returning to education, but feel you may need to brush up your study skills, Pre-Access to HE can help.

The course has been designed to ease the process of returning to education after a long break and is aimed specifically at students who feel uncertain or unready to undertake the Access to HE courses. Designed to refresh your study skills and boost your learning confidence, the course will give you lots of useful hints and tips and IT training, together with some taster sessions in your preferred study subjects.

Course Aim

The aim of this course is to prepare students for the Access to Higher Education Diplomas.  On successful completion you will be awarded an Open College Network Certificate at Level 2.


On successful completion of this course you will be able to progress onto any Access to HE Diploma that The College offers (provided that any requirements additional to academic level are also met, such as relevant vocation work experience/placement).

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.  If you are a mature student who has had a break from studies and are looking to return to education, our course helps prepare you for taking a step towards your dreams of Higher Education and university.

Attendance and Duration

This is a short course of 10-12 weeks.  You should expect to be in college for 6-8 hours per week, which would usually mean that you are in college for one day per week.


Assessments will be through assignments and a portfolio of evidence.  You will complete units of work on study skills, maths, information technology (IT) and a specialist subject relating to the progression route you wish to pursue, such as media, nursing, dcience or sport science.


When you successfully complete this course you can progress onto any of our Access to HE  Diplomas.  You can also enrol on any of our other college courses which run from as little as one day to two years.  Alternatively you could do some voluntary or paid work to consolidate your experience and skills before continuing your studies at a later date.


This course is taught at North Road, Poole


For further information and guidance contact:

College Helpline: 01202 205205
Course Administrator: 01202 205217
Course Team Leader: 01202 205217
Higher Education Unit: 01202 205180



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