Level 2 Certificate in Progression

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Availability & Details

Access (Pre-Access) Wed & Fri 13.00-15.00 LP-ACHSNO-G(2021)YA1

Leigh Park Learning Centre

Type of study

16-Sep-2020 - 02-Jul-2021 (weeks)

Examination board
Course Co-Funded Fee £362.00


The qualification will help you to develop the knowledge and skills required for further study and can provide you with a qualification that you can use to gain entry onto a Level 3 Access Diploma programme. 

You will study for GSCE or Functional Skills qualifications in English and Mathematics as part of the course, as these qualifications are very likely to be required for progression onto an Access Diploma, university course and/or for future employment.

This course will provide an opportunity for you to develop your study and learning skills in a supportive environment. You may have been out of education for some time or you may lack confidence in your academic skills, either way, the course could provide an excellent opportunity for you to step back into education. It may help you to gain a qualification that will improve your job prospects or may represent the first step on a learning journey that could lead to university and beyond.

Attendance is required for two full days a week (Wednesdays and Fridays) from September through to the end of June at Leigh Park Adult Learning Centre. Course hours are designed to be compatible with school hours.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course but you will need to sit brief numeracy and literacy assessments to determine whether GCSE or Functional Skills qualifications are the most appropriate for you to follow. As this is a Level 2 course, there is an expectation that you will need to hold a minimum of Level 1 English in order to enrol.


On this Pre-Access course, you will study the following:

  • Personal Study Skills
  • Personal Learning Skills
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Improving Punctuation and Grammar Skills
  • Building a Personal Career portfolio
  • Communicating Information
  • Research Skills 

Teaching and learning strategies will be varied to appeal to the learning needs and preferences of a wide range of students. Methods may include discussion, group tasks, pair activities, lectures, independent research tasks, reading and summarising and multimedia content supported by Google Classroom.

English & Mathematics GCSEs and the Pre-Access units will be taught at the Leigh Park Adult Learning Centre. Previous students have found the centre to be an ideal place to study as it is conveniently situated, caters only for adult learners, is smaller and quieter than our main campuses and is well equipped with IT facilities. Although lessons will take place at this venue, it is important to remember that you will have access to facilities and resources at all three of our campuses – Alton, Havant & South Downs, including the Learning Hub (library), Study Centre, Careers Advice Service, Print Services, Health & Wellbeing and Refectory.

You will be assessed through a portfolio of work which will include evidence of essays, reports, group work and presentations. There will be examinations for English & Mathematics. You will need to achieve 24 credits at Level 2 in order to achieve the qualification.

The qualification may be used to enhance employment opportunities or you may choose to go on to study on a Level 3 Access Diploma programme. Access Diplomas at HSDC include Nursing & Healthcare, Social Care, Teacher Education, Humanities
and Health Sciences.

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

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The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

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