Access to HE Diploma Specification (2013) . Key Contextual Changes that impacted on the Access Qualification . Funding : FE fees, with 24+ Advanced Learning Loans BUT Access to HE students can apply to SLC for loan to be written off at end of HE course.
1.Require learners to already have GCSEs in English and Maths as an entry requirement.
This is likely to be an issue, in particular for Diplomas where a large percentage of learners do not hold these former qualifications, but may be wholly appropriate for some Diplomas.
2. Maths and English GCSEs currently funded for adults. These can be taught alongside the Access to HE Diploma or offered the year prior to the Access course making this 2 year offer.
Aconcern here is that learners on JSA would have a problem as this is likely to bring the programme over 16 hours a week. It may also be a tall order for some students to take the GCSEs alongside the Access Diploma. This would very much depend on their starting point.
3. To offer a two year programme to learners whose Maths and English is not strong enough for them to complete both the Access Diploma and GCSEs in one year and to offer one or more of the following possible options: