English, Writing and Media

Access to Higher Education Diploma ESOL, English & Maths

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Access to Higher Education Diploma
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ESOL, English & Maths
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Shena Simon Campus
(Full Time - 1 year)

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If you are interested in taking the nest steps towards a career in creative writing, film or media industries the Access to HE Diploma (Professions in English, Writing and Media) is the course for you!
An Access to HE Diploma is a qualification designed specifically for adults returning to education who would like to go on to study at university (Higher Education). There are a range of reasons that students may choose to study an Access to HE diploma: they may lack formal qualifications needed for university entry, they may want to develop their knowledge and confidence after being out of education for a while, or they may be considering on a career change that requires a fresh start.
The Access to HE Diploma is equivalent to studying three A Levels and supports students in developing the academic knowledge and skills required to begin their journey in to Higher Education. It is important to note that an Access to HE Diploma is a challenging and intense course and students need to be highly motivated, dedicated and have a positive attitude to learning in order to succeed.
Whilst studying the Access to HE Diploma (Professions in English, Writing and Media) you will complete units in the following:
• English
• Film and Media
• Writing
In addition to these subject specific units, the course includes developmental units to support you in developing your academic skills in preparation for university.
When applying to university, we will support you with completing your UCAS application, personal statement and we will provide you with an academic reference. It is important to note that successfully completing your Access to HE Diploma does not guarantee you a place at university. While most universities accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas, it is your own responsibility to check that your UCAS application meets the current entry requirements for your university course choices.

Did you know that we offer a range of degree level courses here at UCEN

For entry on to the Access to HE Diploma (Professions in English, Writing and Media) you need to have achieved and have official evidence (e.g. certificates) of:
• GCSEs at grade C/4 in English and maths or equivalent. You can study a Maths GCSE alongside this diploma, if you do not have the grades needed. (We will also accept IELTS at 6.5 or above with no aspect under 6.0 in place of GCSE English)
• Prospective students should check the entry requirements of their preferred university to ensure the best possible opportunity for progression
You will also complete an initial assessment and may attend an informal interview as part of the application process. If we feel that you are not quite ready for the Access to HE Diploma we may offer you a place on our Pre-Access course (Level 2) which will help you to prepare for level 3 study whilst studying English and maths qualifications alongside.

A range of assessment methods will be used to assess your progress throughout the academic year. These include: essays, reports, short answer questions and presentations. All assessments are designed to support you in preparing for study at university.

When you have completed this Access to Higher Education Diploma, you'll have a recognised qualification that's exactly what you need to apply to university and study a bachelor's degree of your choice. Progress on to degree-level study with our higher education partner, UCEN Manchester where you'll have a huge range of options, from Creative Writing and English, to Film and Media Studies, Drama and English Literature to Media Production. Students progressing from The Manchester College will receive a cash award through the Achievers Scholarship.

Everything you learn at university will give you the essential transferable skills you'll need for almost any job in the future. You'll find career opportunities in every sector, and could secure a role in communication, marketing, journalism, teaching, publishing or management and training!

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Depending on your circumstances, you may need to pay tuition fees for this Access to Higher Education Diploma. There are a number of different funding and finance options that may be able to help you, with dedicated support from the government, bursaries and grants, and loans to cover any tuition fees. Have a look at our fees, finance & funding page to find out all the information you need.

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ESOL, English & Maths

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