Pre Access

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Course Description

The Pre-Access course will introduce learners to academic reading and subjects which will be delivered on the level 3 course. It will provide learners with a foundation in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of subjects including psychology, sociology and history. This course will provide a good grounding in academic writing, as well as further enhancing your study skills.


Course runs from 8 Jan 2018 to 11 Jul 2018


OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Further Study in Humanities and Social Science

Entry Requirements

Completion of the Introduction to Pre-Access course at Hillcroft College.

You are required to demonstrate that you are working very well in English at level 1 or above, through a Functional Skills certificate and/or an English assessment.

Method of Assessment

  • Research

  • Written assignments

  • Reports

  • Case studies

  • Peer and self-assessment

  • Collaboration: group and pair work

  • Presentations

  • Timed assessments

  • Exams


Access to HE Diploma (Level 3)

Please note: The completion of the Pre-Access programme does not guarantee that you will be able to progress directly onto an Access to HE programme. All Access to HE courses no longer provide any specific GCSE English & maths equivalency recognition. Please be aware that many universities now require GCSE grade A-C in English and maths, as part of any offer of a place for many degrees.


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Course Application and Support Forms:

To apply for this course you will need to complete the Application form for each course you wish to attend, there is space for up to 3 courses per form.

The Information Form only needs to be completed once each academic year, if you have not completed one for this year, you will need to complete this also.

You can either print the forms once completed, sign and return by post or email the forms direct to the college at

(You will be required to sign the forms when you attend the college)

Download the Course Application and Support Forms:

Hillcroft Student Application Form Hillcroft Student Information Form

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