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any access to HE course I can do rn before sep 2023?

any access to HE course I can do rn before sep 2023?
Original post by cherryhitchkins
any access to HE course I can do rn before sep 2023?


Offline, very unlikely. It would depend on the individual adult college whether they would accept you this late in the academic year.

Online, there are certain self paced Access courses that you can finish whenever you want so long it's within a certain time limit e.g. 24 months. These tend not to have certain deadlines. However, if you intend to finish the course before Sept 2023, you would need to study intensively. (If you study consistently and intensively, you should be able to complete a course within 6 months, but it would depend on how much time you can allocate to this.)

I would still recommend you look for offline Access courses in your local area first. I would recommend a classroom setting as opposed to online learning where possible, but that's my opinion on the way people generally learn.
Original post by MindMax2000
Offline, very unlikely. It would depend on the individual adult college whether they would accept you this late in the academic year.

Online, there are certain self paced Access courses that you can finish whenever you want so long it's within a certain time limit e.g. 24 months. These tend not to have certain deadlines. However, if you intend to finish the course before Sept 2023, you would need to study intensively. (If you study consistently and intensively, you should be able to complete a course within 6 months, but it would depend on how much time you can allocate to this.)

I would still recommend you look for offline Access courses in your local area first. I would recommend a classroom setting as opposed to online learning where possible, but that's my opinion on the way people generally learn.


I dont mind whether its online or in person, i just want to do a course now so i can study in sep 2023
I can study intensively if it needs to be

I live in south east, hampshire, let me know if there is any courses around me
Original post by cherryhitchkins
I dont mind whether its online or in person, i just want to do a course now so i can study in sep 2023
I can study intensively if it needs to be

I live in south east, hampshire, let me know if there is any courses around me

It's going to be a lot easier if you specify the following:

What specific degrees do you want to do? Where I say specific degrees, I don't just mean subject; I mean university, specific degree title, and course page of the specific degree. Each degree and university would have their own entry requirements for Access. Not all universities accept Access, and those that do will not accept them for specific courses. Even if they do accept them, some degree courses might require specific grades and sufficient credits in a certain subject e.g. 15 credits in maths/biology/chemistry/business/etc. If you fail to meet subject and grade requirements, your application would be rejected by the university.

What specific job do you want to do with your degree? There's no point in going for a random degree if the job you want to go for requires you to have a specific type of degree or one that's approved/accredited by certain professional bodies. (This is particularly important for careers in healthcare.)

Hampshire is a big county. I have done a quick google search, and I have found 25+ offline colleges that offer Access courses: https://www.google.com/search?q=hampshire+access+course. It's not going to be easy to narrow the choices down. Do you have a specific town or village that you want me to narrow things down to? How far are you willing to travel/commute?

If you want to do your own course search, consider using the following search engines (they would include online courses as well): https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk//en/course-search, https://www.qaa.ac.uk/access-to-he/access-to-he-course-search

Original post by MindMax2000
It's going to be a lot easier if you specify the following:

What specific degrees do you want to do? Where I say specific degrees, I don't just mean subject; I mean university, specific degree title, and course page of the specific degree. Each degree and university would have their own entry requirements for Access. Not all universities accept Access, and those that do will not accept them for specific courses. Even if they do accept them, some degree courses might require specific grades and sufficient credits in a certain subject e.g. 15 credits in maths/biology/chemistry/business/etc. If you fail to meet subject and grade requirements, your application would be rejected by the university.

What specific job do you want to do with your degree? There's no point in going for a random degree if the job you want to go for requires you to have a specific type of degree or one that's approved/accredited by certain professional bodies. (This is particularly important for careers in healthcare.)

Hampshire is a big county. I have done a quick google search, and I have found 25+ offline colleges that offer Access courses: https://www.google.com/search?q=hampshire+access+course. It's not going to be easy to narrow the choices down. Do you have a specific town or village that you want me to narrow things down to? How far are you willing to travel/commute?

If you want to do your own course search, consider using the following search engines (they would include online courses as well): https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk//en/course-search, https://www.qaa.ac.uk/access-to-he/access-to-he-course-search


I want to go to university of Winchester to study Bsc (hons) psychology
Even for their foundation year psychology course u need 48points
On their web it says they accept access to HE diplomas
Maybe in the future with my degree i might want to be like doctorate in clinical psychology
Original post by cherryhitchkins
I want to go to university of Winchester to study Bsc (hons) psychology
Even for their foundation year psychology course u need 48points
On their web it says they accept access to HE diplomas
Maybe in the future with my degree i might want to be like doctorate in clinical psychology

OK, that's better.

Strictly speaking, you could easily do an accredited BPS psychology degree from most random university. See the following to concur:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/psychologist
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/clinical-psychologist
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies/roles/clinical-psychologist
https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/job-descriptions/psychologist-clinical-job-descriptions
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/childcare/job-profile/psychologist
However, I would stick to Winchester's degree as an example.

According to Winchester's website, it's asking for 112-120 UCAS points, and they did not specify any required subjects for their degree:
https://www.winchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/bsc-hons-psychology/
What this means is you can do any random Access course and still get in so long you have the right grades.

Using the UCAS Tarriff Points Calculator, 112 UCAS points is about 15 credits at Distinction and the rest (30 credits) at Merit (Access courses have 45 graded unit credits):
https://academyonlinelearning.com/ucas/ucas-tariff-points-calculator-access-higher-education
120 points is roughly under 24 credits at Distinction and 21 at Merit.

On the other hand, a degree with an integrated foundation year would require 48 points like you said:
https://www.winchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/bsc-hons-psychology-with-foundation-year/
This is the equivalent of getting 45 credits at pass, which is the bare minimum for any Access course.

In which case, you can look for any distance learning course on: https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/course-search
So long you get 24 credits at Distinction and 21 at Merit in any Access course of your choosing, you wouldn't need to do the foundation year. These distance learning courses can be completd by February if you work intensely enough. In any case, you would need to submit your application to UCAS in before the January deadline, so you would need to work quickly.

I don't know how far you are willing to travel in Hampshire, but using the same course search engine provided above, you can find 7 courses within 5 miles of Hampshire (14 at 10, 30 at 15). I also don't know how flexible some of the offline colleges are, but you would need to call each one that you are considering of attending to find out whether they are willing to accept a late applicant.
Original post by MindMax2000
OK, that's better.

Strictly speaking, you could easily do an accredited BPS psychology degree from most random university. See the following to concur:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/psychologist
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/clinical-psychologist
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies/roles/clinical-psychologist
https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/job-descriptions/psychologist-clinical-job-descriptions
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/childcare/job-profile/psychologist
However, I would stick to Winchester's degree as an example.

According to Winchester's website, it's asking for 112-120 UCAS points, and they did not specify any required subjects for their degree:
https://www.winchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/bsc-hons-psychology/
What this means is you can do any random Access course and still get in so long you have the right grades.

Using the UCAS Tarriff Points Calculator, 112 UCAS points is about 15 credits at Distinction and the rest (30 credits) at Merit (Access courses have 45 graded unit credits):
https://academyonlinelearning.com/ucas/ucas-tariff-points-calculator-access-higher-education
120 points is roughly under 24 credits at Distinction and 21 at Merit.

On the other hand, a degree with an integrated foundation year would require 48 points like you said:
https://www.winchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/bsc-hons-psychology-with-foundation-year/
This is the equivalent of getting 45 credits at pass, which is the bare minimum for any Access course.

In which case, you can look for any distance learning course on: https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/course-search
So long you get 24 credits at Distinction and 21 at Merit in any Access course of your choosing, you wouldn't need to do the foundation year. These distance learning courses can be completd by February if you work intensely enough. In any case, you would need to submit your application to UCAS in before the January deadline, so you would need to work quickly.

I don't know how far you are willing to travel in Hampshire, but using the same course search engine provided above, you can find 7 courses within 5 miles of Hampshire (14 at 10, 30 at 15). I also don't know how flexible some of the offline colleges are, but you would need to call each one that you are considering of attending to find out whether they are willing to accept a late applicant.


This is so helpful tysm
Since i already have a level in psychology which i passed, can I do like business a related access course or any course other than psychology?
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Original post by cherryhitchkins
This is so helpful tysm
Since i already have a level in psychology which i passed, can I do like business a related access course or any course other than psychology?


It depends specifically on the entry requirements of the specific degree. I can't speak for all degrees, because the entry requirements for every degree can vary.

For Winchester's psychology degree specifically, yes. You can do any random Access course (be in related to psychology or not) and still get in so long you get the grades. So, yes you can do a business related Access course and still get into the degree course.

When applying through UCAS, you would need to pick 4 more degrees and you would need to go through the same process as mentioned previously.

Do note, as you have done A Levels before, you would likely need to pay for the Access course out of pocket. The cost of the Access course can vary from £1000-3500 depending on where you do the course. I have heard though that if you go to university straight after the Access course, you don't have to pay for it but I don't know the specific terms regarding that and you would need to contact the Student Loan Company to confirm.
Original post by MindMax2000
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It depends specifically on the entry requirements of the specific degree. I can't speak for all degrees, because the entry requirements for every degree can vary.

For Winchester's psychology degree specifically, yes. You can do any random Access course (be in related to psychology or not) and still get in so long you get the grades. So, yes you can do a business related Access course and still get into the degree course.

When applying through UCAS, you would need to pick 4 more degrees and you would need to go through the same process as mentioned previously.

Do note, as you have done A Levels before, you would likely need to pay for the Access course out of pocket. The cost of the Access course can vary from £1000-3500 depending on where you do the course. I have heard though that if you go to university straight after the Access course, you don't have to pay for it but I don't know the specific terms regarding that and you would need to contact the Student Loan Company to confirm.


"When applying through UCAS, you would need to pick 4 more degrees and you would need to go through the same process as mentioned previously." ----- What do you mean by this?
Original post by cherryhitchkins
"When applying through UCAS, you would need to pick 4 more degrees and you would need to go through the same process as mentioned previously." ----- What do you mean by this?

UCAS allows you to pick up to 5 degree courses when you submit one UCAS application. Whilst you can set your sights on one degree, you shouldn't stop yourself from applying to 4 other courses in case you decide different (you can change your mind over the course of the year, as many do).
Try and have a look at Learndirect, they provide a range of Access to HE courses and even have some specifically tailored for studying psychology at university. Bear in mind you will have to pay for it out of pocket, I'm paying about £125 a month (for a year) at this time for mine.

Your cut off for final completion of the course to be considered for university intakes is the 30th of June 2023 afaik, that gives you the best part of 7 months to finish the course. Reaching the required amount of UCAS points is not difficult provided you apply yourself, a single access to HE course can yield a maximum of 144 UCAS tariff points which is equivalent to A-Levels AAA results.

Just for reference, I have a conditional offer for Biochemistry at Portsmouth uni (128 UCAS tariff points), and an interview next week for Pharmacy also with Portsmouth.

I started my own course around April, and I'm planning on trying to have it mostly finished by January (so far hitting Distinctions in all units), studying at a decent pace I am able to turnover 2-3 units per month while working full-time and dealing with other commitments so it's definitely possible. All it takes is determination and a decent level of self-discipline and you'll be good to go. In any case, best of luck. :smile:

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