Access English is a flexible online short course.

It’s designed to help you access university and college courses, 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.

Spread the cost. Start with the ‘Learning only’ course and you can pay for the assessment stage separately when you’re ready.

What you’ll study

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

The four 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 join an online Access course with the University of Aberdeen?

How you’ll study

Your course is delivered online through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It gives you 24-hour access to learning resources, including:

  • videos
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with classmates.

It’s also available as a mobile app, so you can access all your learning materials on your smartphone and mobile devices. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You have two study options:

  • Learning and assessment – gives you access to all the learning materials, discussion boards and online assessment. You need to complete the assessment to earn credits. What are credits?
  • Learning only – just gives you access to the learning materials and discussion boards.

If you choose ‘Learning only’, you can purchase the assessment stage separately anytime.

Once you’ve enrolled, you have 12 months to complete the course at your own pace.

Where this will take you

Your qualification

Learning and assessment

On successful completion of the course and assessments, you’ll receive:

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

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This Access qualification is not a Higher qualification. It is equivalent to a Higher qualification.

Highers are awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). This Access qualification is awarded by the University of Aberdeen.

Access qualifications explained

This Access qualification is 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 Higher-level skills and support your access into college and university.

Learning only

If you complete the learning only, you will not receive a qualification, credits or a transcript.

However, you’ll have boosted your learning and if you later decide you’d like to sit the assessments, you can purchase them separately anytime.

Progress to university

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

Our Access qualifications are accepted for entry 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 so they can apply for entry to a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

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

Accepted across Scotland for PGDE entry

And because they’re designed around the SCQF, our Access qualifications are accepted for entry to PGDE courses across Scotland. They’re currently accepted at:

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

Entry requirements

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

The course is designed to lift your learning 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 at O-Grade.

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