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Access Courses
Access to higher education courses are designed for adults as an alternative to A levels or Scottish Highers. They normally take one year full-time or two years part-time. Access courses need no formal entry requirements, other than a willingness to study and ability to benefit from the course. Some are linked to specific degree programmes, so that success on the Access Course leads directly to entry to the degree course. Not all Access courses lead automatically to further study, so it is important to check where the course leads.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process which enables people to gain certification for their past achievement, often outside the formal education system, for example in work, leisure or community activities. Identified learning can be matched against nationally recognised qualifications at various levels. Contact your local university or College of Higher Education for more information For information on APL in childcare and education, contact Awards in Children’s Care and Education website
Associate Student Schemes
Many universities and CHEs, including the Open University, offer associate student schemes. Generally these allow adult students to choose single units from programme, whether this is a degree, diploma or other type of provision. It is a useful opportunity for women to gain specialist expertise to further their careers, update knowledge in their field and pace their return to study. Credits gained from passing single units can be accumulated towards a degree whether in that college or by credit transfer to other. Contact your local university, College of Higher Education or Open University regional office for more details.