Centre for Open Learning

COL Launches Part-time Access to University Course

The Centre for Open Learning is delighted to announce a new part-time Access Programme, which will provide the skills, the confidence and the qualifications to study for a degree.

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The Access Programme has been carefully designed for adults who wish to study for a degree in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

It is primarily aimed at those who may not have completed Highers, A-levels or an equivalent qualification and have had a continuous gap of at least three years in their formal education.

This exciting programme, which will run from August to May, has been developed by some of the University’s leading academics and forms part of the University’s sincere commitment to widening participation.

Students will need to devote around 20 hours each week to their studies. This includes attending around seven hours of classes, as well as independent study and additional activities.

Classes are based at the University’s Holyrood Campus, with daytime and evening options available. The programme fees are £636 and funding is expected to be available from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for those that are eligible.

James Mooney,  Access and Outreach Development Director at the Centre for Open Learning, said: “As a former access student myself, I know first-hand the potentially life-changing benefits that university can bring, as well as the challenges of returning to study after a long gap.The Access Programme is all about creating opportunities for people who have always wanted to go to university, no matter what their background.” 

For more information about the Access programme, please visit the Access website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/cahss/access-programme