Access course was originally designed to help those adults who came from
disadvantaged communities to step onto the career ladder and progress
into higher education. Over the years this has developed into a
philosophy of widening participation for all groups who have been
under-represented in higher education.
's Access course seeks to offer a friendly & supportive curriculum
that enables adults to utilise their past life experiences to provide
them with the study skills required to enter higher education.
Who can study on an Access course?
You have to be at least 19 years of age.
How will I be assessed?
be assessed through a variety of methods project, examination &
coursework these can be either written
What makes an effective working Access group?
There are four Access groups
at FarehamCollegeone full-time daytime and
three part-time evening, over 120 students. For effective co-ordination
and learning of the groups each group will need to appoint people into
the following roles, some roles may be shared:
member will need two buddies who in their absence from class will ensure
that they will receive handouts and lecture notes from the session.
Social Secretary: You will need a social secretary that organises the termly
extra-curricula get togethers. An effective group is one that can get on
together and enjoy each other’s company, learning needs to be fun too!
Group Secretary: A group representative to meet with other group reps and the
Course Leader on a monthly basis to iron out any problems and concerns
that the groups maybe experiencing. This is also an opportunity for the
Course Leader to feedback course information to the group secretary and
for each group to learn from other groups experiences. This role needs
to be fulfilled by someone who is available during the day and within
Course lecturers meet on a twice termly basis any concerns raised from
group meetings will be dealt with here if not dealt already by the
How is the course certified and quality
"TRAC is an Authorised Validating Agency (AVA) licensed by
the Quality Assurance Agency fro Higher Education (QAA) to validate
Access to Higher Education Programmes, and to award nationally
recognised Access certificates. The QAA Recognition Scheme for Access to
HE is designed to assure the quality of provision and the standards of
learner achievement on Access programmes. AVAs are responsible for the
purpose of Access to HE award as an entry qualification for Higher
Access Guidebook, TRACOCN 2004
can occur when you have completed a certain number of passes in a range
of subjects and study skills. When you have passed you will receive an
Access Certificate, TRAC Credit Award Certificate and a Unit Transcript
detailing the units you have studied.
Unit Topic list
& Human Physiology – level 3, 2 credits
level 3, 2 credits
& Data Handling – level 2, 2 credits
Portfolio & Action Plan – level 2, 1 credit
Technology - level2, 2 credits
to Study – level 2, 1 credit
& Information Skills – level 2, 1 credit
& Methods – level 3, 2 credits
14.Building a Personal Portfolio– Level 3, 1 credit
How many credits do I need to pass?
There are a possible 24 credits that you can attain on the Access
course. To pass you need 16 credits with at least 12 credits
at level 3.
Submission of work & collection
either to the lecturer or to the pigeon hole in the schools office (room
A301) between -
Ensure you have filled in your front sheet and indicate on the front
sheet which colour group you are. Sign the sheet on the clipboard
acknowledging that you have handed in your work.You must alwaysretain a copy of your work. Work does occasionally go missing
don’t be caught out!
Lecturers will endeavour to return work at lectures however if
your module has finished then there are four trays of work waiting to be
returned in room A301. This office is open between if you are unable
to collect work during this time ask your lecturer to check the tray for
Do not take other students
work to return to them!
How does the tutorial system work?
You school’s Senior Tutor is Lorna Guilmant who will deal
will any pastorial issues you may have. Each group will be assigned an
individual tutor talk to them about anything that is affecting your
studies. The tutor will also keep you informed of college news. Lorna
can help you further if you need to discuss support matters more