Access to HE (Level 3)
Access to Higher Education (Counselling) Level 3 Diploma
This course is for people that would like to study on a Higher Education programme in Counselling e.g. the Counselling BA (Hons), but need to gain the required entry qualifications and skills.
Access programmes entail 13 hours of direct contact time in addition to a minimum of 13 hours independent study.
You must be aged 19 or above by the 31st of August 2020.
You must have at least one GCSE C/4 or above in either English Language or Maths, or a Level 2 in Functional Skills (evidence of this will be required during the application cycle).
Ideally you will have both. However, if you only hold the one, you may work towards the one that you do not have whilst studying for your Access Diploma; this will be dependent on being accepted onto a Level 2 course, either GCSE or Functional Skills.
Many universities require GCSE Maths and English rather than an equivalent. It is your responsibility to begin checking which qualifications you require with the university or college you wish to progress to.
You will study a range of different units across the programme, some focusing on your academic skills and some more subject specific, such as:
- Counselling theory
- Counselling ethics and values
- Mental health
- Personal and professional relationships
- Valuing diversity
- Independent research
Assessment & Feedback
There is a range of assessment techniques for the subjects covered which may include assignments, presentations and examinations.
13 hours directed study per week in addition to a minimum of 13 hours independent study.
The course runs 3 days a week, on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 9am and 4pm.
Please note that course days are subject to change if required before the enrolment date.
Course fee based on 2019-20 for UK/EU students. Please note the cost stated is for 2019/20 and may increase for 2020/2021.
You can progress to higher education programmes at college or university, including our BA (Hons) Counselling degree programme at University Centre Southend.