First Steps to Higher Education

Take your first step towards your future today with Access to Higher Education courses in Business, Health Science, Social Science, Counselling, Mental Health and more.

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  • Access to HE Diploma (Business and Law)
    First Steps to Higher Education
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    The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification that prepares 19+ students who are returning to education or who left school without the qualifications needed to progress to university. The Access to HE Diploma (Business and Law) is ideal for those who want to progress onto a degree or other higher education programme in a wide range of business related subjects and law. ...
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    • Nelson and Colne College
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 05/09/2022
      09:00 to 16:00
      32 week course
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
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  • Access to HE Diploma (Computing, Programming and Web Development)
    First Steps to Higher Education
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    The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification that prepares 19+ students who are returning to education or who left school without the qualifications needed to progress to university. The Access to HE Diploma (Computing) is ideal for those who want to progress on to a degree or other higher education programme in a wide range of computing related subjects. ...
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    • Nelson and Colne College
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 05/09/2022
      09:00 to 16:00
      41 week course
      20 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
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  • Access to HE Diploma (Health and Science)
    First Steps to Higher Education
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    The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification that prepares 19+ students who are returning to education or who left school without the qualifications needed to progress to university. The Access to HE Diploma (Health and Science) consists of 60 credits of which 30 credits are in Biology. This allows you to progress on to health related as well as various science related degrees. ...
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    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 05/09/2022
      09:30 to 16:00
      34 week course
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
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  • Access to HE Diploma (Health and Social Care – Online)
    First Steps to Higher Education
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    In Venue
    The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification that prepares 19+ students who are returning to education or who left school without the qualifications needed to progress to university. The Access to HE Diploma (Health and Social Care - Online) consists of 60 credits of which 30 credits are in Biology. This allows you to progress on to health related as well as various science related degrees. ...
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      TUE - 05/09/2022
      18:00 to 20:00
      34 week course
      20 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
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  • Access to HE Diploma (Social Science)
    First Steps to Higher Education
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    In Venue
    The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification that prepares 19+ students who are returning to education or who left school without the qualifications needed to progress to university. The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) is ideal for those who want to progress on to a degree or other higher education programmes in a wide variety of subject areas. ...
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    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 05/09/2022
      09:30 to 16:00
      34 week course
      18 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
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  • Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 2
    First Steps to Higher Education
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    The Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning is for students aged 19+ who would like to become a Teaching Assistant in a school or college (ages 5-19) who have no prior experience of supporting children and young people in an educational setting. The Supporting Teaching and Learning pathway is ideal for those who wish to progress onto further qualifications or become a Teaching Assistant. ...
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    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      WED - 05/09/2022
      09:30 to 12:30
      32 week course
      20 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
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  • Counselling Skills
    First Steps to Higher Education
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    This qualification will introduce learners to using counselling skills and personal development. The course is useful for anyone who would like to develop their use of counselling skills for use in either work or a personal capacity. This qualification does not qualify learners to practise as a counsellor....
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      MON - 05/09/2022
      18:00 to 21:00
      26 week course
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
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  • Counselling Skills
    First Steps to Higher Education
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    This Diploma aims to provide learners with in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work and the approaches that underpin the use of these skills. This qualification does not qualify learners to practise as a counsellor. Learners on this course come with three different main aims. • To progress onto a first degree or other higher education course within the field (i.e. you want a career in counselling and need a degree) • To prepare for a post graduate qu...
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      MON - 05/09/2022
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
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  • Supporting Teaching and Learning
    First Steps to Higher Education
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    The Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning is for students aged 19+ who would like to become a Teaching Assistant in a school or college (ages 5-19) and have already gained a Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning or other relevant qualification. The Supporting Teaching and Learning pathway is ideal for those who wish to progress onto further qualifications or become a Teaching Assistant. ...
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    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      WED - 05/09/2022
      13:00 to 16:00
      32 week course
      20 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
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  • Understanding Mental Health
    First Steps to Higher Education
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    This course is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental wellbeing ...
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      FRI - 05/09/2022
      09:30 to 12:30
      32 week course
      18 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
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