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Lesley Gunn Study Skills & Access Unit. Degree Link and Access. Study Skills and Access Unit. Degree Link Study Support Dyslexia Support English Language Tuition Access Programmes. Background. College / university links a national priority

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Degree link and access

Lesley Gunn

Study Skills & Access Unit

Degree Linkand Access


Degree link and access

Study Skills and Access Unit

  • Degree Link

  • Study Support

  • Dyslexia Support

  • English Language Tuition

  • Access Programmes


Degree link and access

Background

  • College / university links a national priority

  • need to recognise and promote a wider range of ‘pathways’ into HE


Changing student profile

Changing Student Profile

  • Wider age range

  • low SES backgrounds

  • low progression schools

  • ‘first in family’


Degree link and access

SCQF

  • Level 7

    • Degree Stage 1

    • HNC

  • Level 8

    • Degree Stage 2

    • HND


Degree link and access

Degree Link Programme

  • ‘2 + 2’ arrangements

  • Courses in

    • Business

    • Construction

    • Social Science

    • Computing & Engineering

  • Guaranteed place in Stage 3


Degree link and access

Degree Link Requirements

  • Linked HN programme

  • Meet any course-specific requirements

  • Apply through UCAS

  • Complete HN successfully at first sitting

  • Attend September orientation programme


Degree link and access

Examples:

  • HND Accounting →

  • Stage 3 BA Accounting with Finance (Taught Route)

  • HND Construction Management →

  • Stage 3 BSc Surveying


Degree link and access

HND Computing (Technical Support) → Stage 3 BSc Information Systems Technology

OR

Stage 3 BSc Computer Network Management and Design (with CISCO units)


Benefits

Benefits

  • No immediate requirement to move from local area

  • Colleges tend to have:

    • More flexible modes of delivery

    • Smaller classes

    • Less ‘academic’ pressure

  • Learners gain recognised award at the end of each year


Differences

Differences

  • Research / self study

  • Class size

  • Semester structure

  • Timetables

  • Assessment


Skills required

Skills required

  • Independent learning

  • Time / project management (assessment!)

  • More emphasis on writing style, grammar and referencing

  • Critical thinking

  • Exam techniques


Degree link and access

Support for Degree Link Students

  • Pre-entry

    • Staff/student visits

    • Advice and guidance

  • On entry

    • RGU Orientation Programme

  • Post-entry

    • One-to-one support


Degree link and access

Partnership Agreements

  • Aberdeen College

  • Angus College

  • Banff & Buchan College

  • Dundee College

  • UHI Millennium Institute


Degree link and access

Other developments

  • 1 + 2 (e.g Nursing)

  • 3 + 1 (e.g Environmental Science)

  • Sports Coaching

  • Multimedia Development

  • p/t Management degree

  • Reverse articulation?


Access course developments

Access Course Developments

  • New suite of nine 5-credit Modules

  • Combination of study skills and subject skills

  • One Pre-Access, community-based Module

  • Offered through full-time, part-time and online delivery


Contact us

Contact us

www.rgu.ac.uk

[email protected]


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