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Access English is a flexible online short course. It’s designed to help you access Higher Education, including teaching courses, when you don’t have the Higher English qualifications you need.

100% online, you can study anywhere you have internet access. Available 24/7, all year round, you can enrol whenever you like and study at your own pace.

As a way to spread the cost, you can start with the 'Learning only' course and pay for the assessment stage separately when you're ready.

What will I study?

You’ll work through an engaging range of English topics.

The 4 topic areas cover key SCQF Level 6 (Higher level) skills:

  • Postcards and Perspectives: Travel Writing
  • Trust Me. I’m a Writer: Reportage
  • Heroes and Villains: Archetypes
  • Conflict

Why study Access English?

How will I study?

Your course is delivered online through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It’s packed with learning resources, including:

  • videos
  • reading materials
  • online discussion boards with classmates.

You can choose between:

  • Learning only – which gives you access to all the learning materials and discussion boards
  • Learning and assessment – which also gives you access to the assessment stage, where you can earn your credits.

If you choose the 'Learning only' option, you're welcome to purchase the assessment stage separately at anytime.

Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll have 12 months to complete the course.

Study hours

You’re completely free to set your own study hours. The learning resources are there for you 24/7, all year round, so you can drop in and study anytime.

  • The learning and assessment totals approximately 150 hours.
  • This is a very rough estimate, and no two students will spend the same time on a course.
  • As a guide, this works out to around 10-15 hours per week of study time over 12 weeks.
  • The learning-only option totals approximately 120 hours of study time.

What qualification will I get?

Learning and assessment

With the 'Learning and assessment' option, you’ll receive:

  • 15 credits at SCQF Level 6 (Higher-equivalent level)
  • a certificate and transcript of your achievement from the University of Aberdeen.

This isn’t an actual Higher. Highers are awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Our Access qualifications are awarded by the University of Aberdeen and graded using our Common Grading Scale. They’re designed:

  • in accordance with the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Higher level
  • by educationalists experienced in working at this academic level
  • to develop your key Higher-level skills
  • to support your access into Higher Education.

Learning only

With the 'Learning only' option, you won’t receive a qualification, credits or a completion certificate.

However, you'll have boosted your learning and if you later decide you'd like to sit the assessments, the assessment part of the course is available to purchase separately anytime.

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It was just what I needed. The flexible start dates and exit points suited me, as you can complete the course in as little or long a time as you need.

Paul Gibson, Access English student

Where will this take me?

Access university

Access English is designed to increase your English grades, so you can meet university entry requirements.

Our Access qualifications are accepted for entry into Higher Education at the University of Aberdeen and a range of other Scottish universities.

If you’re applying to study anywhere else, please contact the respective university to confirm the acceptability of this course and the grades required.

Access teaching

Many students take this Access course because they want to apply for a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) but can’t gain entry because they don’t have Higher English.

Our Access qualifications, with successful completion of assessments, are accepted for entry into all our PGDEs:

Because they’re designed around the SCQF, our Access courses are increasingly accepted for entry into PGDE courses across Scotland. Our Access qualifications are accepted for entry into PGDE study at:

  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of the West of Scotland

However, our Access qualifications do not guarantee entry.

If you’re applying to study anywhere outwith the University of Aberdeen, please contact the respective university to confirm the acceptability of this course and the grades required.

We also offer Access courses in Maths

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is designed to lift your qualification level to SCQF Level 6 (Higher level) and is ideally suited to those who have a pass or better at SCQF Level 5 (National 5).

National 5 is equivalent to a credit pass at Standard Grade or a good pass in an old O-Grade.

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Start date
Any time
Cost
£350