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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land-Based Studies) is an entry route into Higher Education.
Access to HE Diplomas are nationally recognised qualifications to help people gain knowledge and confidence to study for a degree. They are designed for those who do not hold relevant or formal academic qualifications for a degree, but who do have work and/or life experience.
Maths or English at GCSE Grade C/Level 4 or above
Full-time: 3 days per week over 1 year
A range of land-based subjects are studied at an advanced level, over 1 year. The course is a full Level 3 qualification, which makes academic demands equivalent to those of other Level 3 qualifications such as A levels. The course will prepare you to study at degree level at Reaseheath or elsewhere.
Qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis at interview. We are looking for people with ambition to go on to a higher level of course and a keen motivation to learn.
What will I study?
You will study a variety of subject areas at an advanced level in preparation for higher education. All of the modules you will study are listed below.
Ungraded units (15 credits):
- Independent research
- Study techniques
- Using spreadsheet software
Graded units (45 credits):
- Body systems and homeostasis
- Canine behaviour and training
- Animal behaviour and welfare
- Animal health and husbandry
- Farm animal husbandry
- Conservation and sustainable development
- Principles of ecology
- Equine health
- Event management
- Garden design
- Plants and the impact of the environment
- Food technology and product manufacture
Units may be subject to change due to awarding body criteria.
The course is designed to enable you to re-adjust to the learning environment and teaching is carried out through ‘student friendly’ lessons, assignments and practical activities. Students are assessed on their coursework by presentations, essays, practicals, research projects and reports.
Maths or English at GCSE Grade C/Level 4 or above. Students will be assessed on interview.
- The Access to HE course prepares students for study at university level. Higher Education courses available at Reaseheath College.
The Access to Higher Education course is a full Level 3 qualification which prepares you for study at university level, or could lead to a variety of rewarding careers.
Following completion, many of our students progress on to degree level study.
Here are just some of the degrees our students have progressed on to:
- Adventure sports coaching
- Animal behaviour and welfare
- Events management
- Food technology
- Landscape architecture
- Veterinary nursing
- Zoo management
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs. Tuition fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually. Visit the student finance pages on our website for the latest information on tuition fees.
University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit the additional financial support pages on our website.
All Higher Education students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply before 31st July of the year they intend to start their course. For full details on our halls of residence visit the accommodation pages.
We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support when and if you need it during your time with us. These include our Student Services team, Higher Education Support Team (HEST), Library and Learning Resources and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You will find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath here.
Before you apply you can come and visit us at one of our HE Open Events to see what we have to offer. Once we have received your application we will invite you to attend an Offer Holder Day.
Applications for full-time Degrees and Foundation Degrees are made through UCAS www.ucas.com. Applications for all other full-time courses such as Access to HE and Level 4 Diplomas should be made directly to Reaseheath via the online application form. You can find out more here.
Modules can be studied as part of a Continuing Professional Development programme.
My Access to HE course gave me the opportunity to focus on my different options. I now have the opportunity to improve the urban environment through my knowledge of horticultural design and sustainable development. I owe a big debt of gratitude to University Centre Reaseheath. My time there helped me to decide where I wanted to go.