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Level 2 Pre-Access Skills for Further Study


This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

If you are hoping to return to education to enhance your career prospects, develop study skills and work towards progressing on to higher education, then the introductory course is a great first step to achieving this.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course will start in February and will take 17 weeks to complete.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

This level 2 course will introduce learners to topics that will develop their academic writing, employability, and life skills. The programme will help learners advance their knowledge and skills as well as build new relationships, confidence and self-esteem.

You will have the opportunity to study units including:

  • Planning for Higher Education
  • Target setting and personal development
  • Word processing
  • Presentation skills
  • Research skills
  • Academic referencing
  • Planning and writing an essay
  • Improving own learning and performance

How is it assessed?

The course is assessed through a range of assessment activities which may include assignments, reports, discussions, group work, presentations, portfolio of evidence.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

No formal qualifications are required. However, learners will be expected to take a pre-entry literacy assessment, prior to interview. Applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

If you do not currently hold, or not currently working towards, GCSE (or equivalents) in both English and maths, you will be advised to complete these alongside your main programme of study.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

The Level 2 Pre-Access Skills for Further Study has been designed to enable learners gain transferrable skills and knowledge in order to progress on to higher level qualifications, such as Access to HE Diplomas in a variety of subjects. During the course of your study, Access to HE Diploma course leaders will visit your classroom to discuss the variety of pathways offered at St Helens College.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

Ref: Lee Curran