Pre Access Humanities and Social Science (Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton)

(Women Only)

This course is essentially a foundation course for learners who are looking to progress to study an Access to Higher education Diploma . An Access Diploma, maths and English GCSE (or accepted equivalents) qualifications are standard entry requirements for many university degrees, Your Pre-Access course will help you develop the study skills you need to succeed on an Access Course,

Course Content

Mandatory units: Skills for Effective Learning and Referencing Skills a will help you learn how to research and present your work.
Subject Specific Units: These units will include an Introduction to History and Psychology.
Study skills: These units will help you to improve and develop further your study skills to support achievement on the pre-access course in addition to a full Access to HE programme.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

At minimum you will need to demonstrate Level 1 Literacy & Numeracy skills. You will asked to undertake a screening test and attend an interview. You may already have GCSEs in English and Mathematics. If not, we will advise you as to how you can obtain these.

Attendance Requirements

Learners are expected to attend all sessions. If a learner is absent from more than 4 consecutive weeks they may be removed from the programme. After 5 weeks you will be given a formal tutorial at which your progress and attendance will be reviewed.

Assessment Methods

You will be continually assessed and the main assessment method is coursework, there will also be some assessment through reviewing case studies, preparing reports and essay writing.

The Pre-Access course is an intensive course and the demand on learners to meet assessment targets is high. You will be expected to attend regularly and to meet your submission deadlines

Further Study Options

Successful completion of the Pre-Access Certificate will help you to progress to an Access to HE course. Depending on their chosen pathway, our learners who have completed a full Access course have progressed to universities including King's College, UCL, SOAS, Kingston University, Roehampton and St. Mary's. They have been accepted onto a wide range of undergraduate courses including Literature, Psychology, Criminology, Midwifery, Nursing, Social Work, History, Political Studies, Law and Linguistics.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.