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So I'm starting a HE access course in September and I already know that I'll be in college two days a week but I know that you need to do a lot of work for it outside of college too. I'll need to work though for money to live, I'm just slightly confused about how many hours would be too much whilst doing an access course. I do want to get good grades and hopefully go to university next year so I don't want to work so many hours that I end up failing.

I'm thinking of maybe working 16-20 hours a week, would that be too much? How many hours did you work whilst doing HE access and did it impact on how well you did?
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16-20 hours is alright; especially if its at the weekend

You just have to find the 50:50 balance between education and work as them two are equally as important


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(Original post by orangetoes)
So I'm starting a HE access course in September and I already know that I'll be in college two days a week but I know that you need to do a lot of work for it outside of college too. I'll need to work though for money to live, I'm just slightly confused about how many hours would be too much whilst doing an access course. I do want to get good grades and hopefully go to university next year so I don't want to work so many hours that I end up failing.

I'm thinking of maybe working 16-20 hours a week, would that be too much? How many hours did you work whilst doing HE access and did it impact on how well you did?
My mum done an Access course whilst working full time (hospital). She also had 2 days a week. There wasn't really too much outside work. However it was a Nursing/Midwifery Access, and she was tired. But it definitely doable.
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I guess it depends on your other commitments. I'm starting an HE Access course in September, as well, and will be working 16 hours a week; I know other people who, like me, are single parents and they managed okay working these hours while completing their access course.

Hope this helps
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Currently working full time 40 hours a week and doing access 20-25 hours a week, a few shifts should be very possible. Getting merits and distinctions tired but i Love it



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I'm planning on dropping to around 30 hours working when I start in september. That's more because the hours I work at the minute will most definitely fall during college time, and there are no other hours available
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(Original post by orangetoes)
So I'm starting a HE access course in September and I already know that I'll be in college two days a week but I know that you need to do a lot of work for it outside of college too. I'll need to work though for money to live, I'm just slightly confused about how many hours would be too much whilst doing an access course. I do want to get good grades and hopefully go to university next year so I don't want to work so many hours that I end up failing.

I'm thinking of maybe working 16-20 hours a week, would that be too much? How many hours did you work whilst doing HE access and did it impact on how well you did?
Most access courses run for 15-20 per week and you're expected to do 1 hour of independent study for each hour of class time. So I think 20 hours work should be fine, just make sure you're free for class time.
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I've just completed the access to nursing course. I was doing about 20hrs at college and working 2 jobs at the same time. So what you've stated that you'll work sounds very doable. All the best.


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Hi, I have just completed a fast track 1 year Access course and worked the whole way through, around 20 hours per week. It was difficult when assignment deadlines were close, but it was manageable. I also have a home to run so it was quite full on. What I would recommend however is taking time off prior to the exams for revision. I bit the bullet and booked 6 weeks unpaid leave - 4 weeks for revision and 2 weeks for the duration of the exams.
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(Original post by orangetoes)
So I'm starting a HE access course in September and I already know that I'll be in college two days a week but I know that you need to do a lot of work for it outside of college too. I'll need to work though for money to live, I'm just slightly confused about how many hours would be too much whilst doing an access course. I do want to get good grades and hopefully go to university next year so I don't want to work so many hours that I end up failing.

I'm thinking of maybe working 16-20 hours a week, would that be too much? How many hours did you work whilst doing HE access and did it impact on how well you did?
Hi,

What kind of Access are you doing? As some are a lot heavier on course work then others.

During my Access I started my first business so I was constantly working. I managed to do most of my work during the evenings of the two Days I was at college, then at weekends. I think I could have achieved more distinctions if I was not working as much as to be honest I gave very little time to studying.

If you struggle to write essays or grasp referencing for example, you will need to give yourself at least 8-10 hours a week (my opinion), based on others on my course that struggled. Then there was a guy who volunteered, had insomnia, a part-time job and managed to get distinction in just about every assignment.

I would say that regardless of how easy or difficult you find it, 16-20 hours work is more than doable, so don't threat over having to work. Its designed for people that have children and/ or work.
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I found lots of the deadlines coincided so there will be times of utter stress! Having said that, depending on what you are studying and how easy you find it you should manage to get it all done. I have 4 kids and couldn't do any work at home, so time management and using the LRC are skills worth developing.

(I passed mine with 45 level 3 distinctions and I'm off to Bath Spa Uni in September. If anyone had told me 2 years ago I would be doing that I would have laughed in their faces! Once you get the balance of work/study/home life you will be fine. Good luck!)
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Hi,

What kind of Access are you doing? As some are a lot heavier on course work then others.

During my Access I started my first business so I was constantly working. I managed to do most of my work during the evenings of the two Days I was at college, then at weekends. I think I could have achieved more distinctions if I was not working as much as to be honest I gave very little time to studying.

If you struggle to write essays or grasp referencing for example, you will need to give yourself at least 8-10 hours a week (my opinion), based on others on my course that struggled. Then there was a guy who volunteered, had insomnia, a part-time job and managed to get distinction in just about every assignment.

I would say that regardless of how easy or difficult you find it, 16-20 hours work is more than doable, so don't threat over having to work. Its designed for people that have children and/ or work.
Hi, well I know now that I'm actually going to be in college three days a week and it's a business and legal pathway, however it also includes Maths which has never really been my strongest point so I know I'm going to have to work a bit harder for that.

I've got an interview on Friday for a job that's 23 hours a week so do you think that will be okay? I think it will, I'll just have to make sure I work hard and keep on top of assignments (assuming I even get this job of course...)

What's the work load like on an access course anyways? I've heard lots of different things. Do you get loads of assignments at once, due in for the same time or is it lots of assignments but more spread out?
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I tried to do an access course a few years back but was working around 40 hours a week in a bar so was all night shifts... I ended up dropping out as i was cinstantly tired and never getting work done! This time around i am working weekend day shifts only so i can concentrate more on the workload! I have also been offered a place on the hca bank but waiting for training etc my training will be 2nd to 5th sept then i have an operation on the 16th to remove metalwork from my ankle so i already have to have a few days off for my op!
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I have just missed the first week of my access course because of work and will miss next week too. Do you think this is too much time missed from the course already as I will be joining them on 30th September. I have already been accepted by the college and ready to enroll, also my course is 9 months. I am doing access to business level 3 and hopefully after this year I will be attending university ?
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Access students are getting down to the real work about now, I know what my first 3 assignments are and they are all due around oct half term, I think you could easily catch up at this stage if you wanted to. You should speak to your personal tutor though.


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personally I am doing one right now. 22.5 hours a week support working, 3 days in college, im a mum of a 3 yr old and 1 yr old. I don't drive. My college is a good 30mins away.

I AM STRESSED AS FUDGE. I have great GCSES but apparently I HAVE to take the maths, English and IT core skills which takes up a lot of time (just as much time as biology and psychology put together) IT DOES INVOLVE HOME STUDY... INCLUDING CORE SKILLS. It is not a part-time course.
I feel like im drowning right now, every time I hand in an assignment (2 big ones a week) I am bombarded with another load plus core subjects, plus ucas! Everything is rushed! I get 1 day off with my family a week and I have to spend a decent amount of it studying. No time for distinctions or even merits.

It does all depend, but I am doing the most in my class and I am struggling to keep up and get good grades whilst earning money, running a family home and being a mummy of 2 little ones.

I am considering quitting my job or quitting the course. Ive asked for my hours to be dropped to 15hrs and c how I get on. If u find night shift work (my friend does it and gets all her assignments done in it) its really good money and good use of time.

good luck but please don't under estimate it. I thought it would be pretty do-able, not the access course im doing at Exeter college for healthcare nursing. NASTY!!!
ALSO LOOK UP BIOCHEMISTRY... TRY WORK THAT ONE OUT WITHOUT MUCH HELP AND TIME. XXX
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I agree with the person above. I'm doing 16 hours a week at college along with 29 hours work, 2 weeks work experience, 2 hour driving lessons once a week and attending interviews at the same time. Also have to travel an hour each way to college. I thought I'd manage perfectly well with the workload but now, 6 weeks in, I've fallen well behind. I have an assignment due in tomorrow and I'm working tonight until 12. I'm behind as hell in all my subjects and my notes are scattered and far between. Make sure you get that balance just right - prioritise what is most important to you
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I don't think a 16 - 20 hour/week job is that much of a stretch. I saw quite a few complete access courses while doing full time jobs or with childcare commitments.
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Initially I was working 40 hours a week and doing the Access course. Spent 15 hours a week in lessons. It was just about manageable but I decided to quit because they didn't want to lower my hours. I now work 15-20 hours a week and that is definitely manageable. Some people on my course also work full-time, have kids etc and they seem to be doing OK actually. A lot of people on my course don't work, but that's partly because there's loads of 18/19 year old who still seem to get pocket money from their parents on my course. Unfortunately I don't, so it is nescessary to work. I don't feel stressed out at all really, handing all my assignments in on time, still finding time to socialise etc and aren't totally broke because I have a steady income, so it's all good in my eyes! I'm really on top of time management though so I don't struggle with deadlines. I generally complete my assignments 7-10 days before they're due. Workload is a lot lighter than when I did A levels a couple of years ago.
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I don't work and i am struggling. I thought i was capable of completing work to a standard of D and Ms. Its turns out its harder gaining a Distinction than i thought. I am very scared at the moment, i have been struggling alot on my assignments and failed 2 already. I wish there was some sort of help i could receive. I really want to become an adult nurse, but things aren't looking great at the moment. Ive also been attending pres selection assessments, i just feel like im too stupid to complete the course.

the teachers are very stingy when handing out D and M. People may say its the students who are complaining. But ive been on this course for 5 months and only one person from my class has been able to achieve a D.

there are so many academically stong candidates in my class that its sholing they are unable to get a D. That's why i just don't think i can anymore.
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