Structure and Content
The Access Programme is comprised of three strands for you to choose from, all designed to help you prepare for degree-level study.
Teaching and Delivery
We are currently delivering hybrid teaching during 2020/21 academic year due to Covid-19 restrictions. We will continue to update you on the teaching you can expect when you start your programme in 2021, throughout your application process.
The strands within the Access Programme have been specifically designed to ensure you have the best possible start to your university learning experience. As each strand progresses, their academic, individual study and assessment requirements will gradually become closer to those you will experience in your first year of degree level study.
The Access Programme has three strands. Which strand you study on depends on whether you intend to progress to Art and Design-based degree programmes (Access Art and Design), degree programmes in Humanities and Social Sciences (Access Humanities and Social Sciences) or a degree programme in Languages (Access Languages).
Students on our new Languages and culture strand will learn French from beginners level and will be able to apply to Undergraduate Language courses such as Arabic, Chinese, Gaelic, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Scandinavian languages.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Languages and Culture 1||Languages and Culture 2|
|Please note: you must choose EITHER Humanities 1 & 2 OR Social Sciences 1 & 2 - it is not possible to mix these subject areas.|
If you are uncertain which strand would suit you best, please contact Admissions at COL.Access@ed.ac.uk.
Timetable and Teaching
You will need to have around 20 hours each week that you can dedicate to your studies. This includes around 6-7 hours for online classes, time for other meetings and activities, and time for studying independently, preparing for online classes and working on your assignments.
You will be taught like any other university student, but with more time to discuss and with more support. Classes will include remote lectures – where a tutor explains a topic often to a larger group; and smaller tutorials – where ideas or questions are discussed; and, for Art and Design students, practical work will be required to be carried out.
Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the delivery of the Access Programme is yet to be confirmed and will be made in line with Government recommendations nearer the course start date.
You will have to complete coursework during the year in the form of essays, reflective writing, presentations, exams and artwork for the Art and Design strand. The programme has been designed to help build your confidence and we’ll give you the chance to practice coursework and learn from feedback before we give you formal marks and grades.
Throughout Semester 1 you will receive helpful feedback on your work and at the end of the semester, we will review your work and attendance to agree if you are ready to progress onto Semester 2. In Semester 2, you will receive marks and grades for your coursework which will count towards your final course grades.
All Access Programme students will also have to complete an online learning journal over the course of their studies. This will allow an opportunity for reflection and allow Personal Tutors to provide tailored advice and support.
Time will also be allocated for guidance. This may involve online one-to-one meetings with Personal Tutors and talks from Admissions on submitting university (UCAS) applications, etc.
In addition to the scheduled online learning, students will need to ensure they make time for independent study. This will involve time preparing for online classes and working on assignments and the online learning journal.