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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS Filton
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: Diploma
Code: 117788
Cost: £355

SGS Filton

Filton Avenue
BS34 7AT

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Course Detail

Pre Access Pathway

Full time course


Are you looking to gain your maths and English GCSEs in an adult environment with like-minded students whilst gaining Level 2 qualifications in sociology and psychology? If you are a mature student looking to start a new career, this course is perfect for you. This course will allow you to take your first steps towards your new career whilst gaining valuable experience, knowledge and skills. This course is the perfect opportunity to re-enter education and develop your study skills, most of our learners’ then progress onto Level 3 qualifications, such as our Access to HE courses.

Study skills

The Pre-Access course will also introduce you to some of the topics you will study on the full Access Diploma as well as helping you to develop academic writing skills. There is also a wide range of enrichment activities and team building activities to take part in. We want you to develop your knowledge and skills but also to build new relationships, confidence and self-esteem.

How long is the course?

1 year; the course starts in September and finishes in June.

What do I need to join?

There are no formal entry requirements, however you will be required to pass an entrance test in both maths and English prior to interview. If you took your GCSE several years ago, please do not worry, our specialist team will support you through the interview process.


The course is delivered part-time and will allow you to complete your GCSEs in English and Maths as well as studying a number of other units that will help to develop your study skills.


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 Nursing or Midwifery.

What can I do next?

The Pre-Access course is designed to enable you to secure your grade 4/5 in English and maths as well as building important study skills. Once you have secured your grades, you can progress onto one of the Access to HE courses of your choosing.


Filton and Stroud Campuses.


The cost of the course is £295.

Dates & Costs

Pre Access Pathway

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Time(s): 9am - 4.40pm
Qualifications: Diploma
Code: 117788

Cost: £355

Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19 and over you can apply for a new Advanced Learning Loan for this course. Read more.


Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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Start End Time Campus
01/09/2019 31/07/2020 9am - 4.40pm SGS Filton
01/10/2019 30/07/2020 tbc SGS Stroud