Access Course

Course details

Study options

Part-time: 32 weeks

Course level


Start date



Derby Campus

We understand that you may have been out of education for a long time, so we'll ease you in gently and provide you with all the support you need.

This course is for students that want to develop their basic academic skills and wish to progress onto higher education in the future, or further their employment opportunities.

As you study either GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths (depending on your previous qualifications), you'll have the chance to further enhance additional abilities whilst studying Social Sciences (including Psychology-related topics).

The Pre Access Level 2 course will provide an opportunity for developing studying, academic skills and confidence. The course is for adults aged over 19 years of age who are intending to progress on to either our Access to HE Diplomas or Foundation Programmes but who do not currently have the required entry qualification.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

You will learn face-to-face in the classroom with a specialised tutor of Maths and English. You will also be required to complete work in between lessons to consolidate knowledge and application of key topics to exam questions.

Fees and funding


There are two types of financial support you may require as a learner on a Pre Access Level 2 course.

Tuition fees

The cost of the course for 2023/24 is to be confirmed.

If you are aged over 18 years of age on the first day of the academic year, whether you will have to pay for the cost of your course or not depends on criteria such as age, eligibility for discounts, and whether you live in the UK, European Union (EU) or overseas.

When you have enrolled, our Fees Team will check if you and your course are eligible for any fee remission or discounts (not to be mistaken with the Further Education Bursary Funds), or whether you will need to personally finance the course.

Further information on tuition fees

Bursary funding

A means tested Bursary may be available to learners on this course to help with Transport costs, Childcare, Equipment, Kit, Uniform, Books, Professional memberships etc.

Further information about bursary funding

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

If you're interested in this course you'll need to attend an Information Event.

At the event, you’ll be able to find out everything about the course, find out about fees and finance and get careers advice.


These qualifications are required for progression within Further Education or onto Higher Education or career change/career progression. Employment opportunities are increased by achieving these qualifications. You could then progress onto a degree or equivalent university-level course.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.