What you’ll study
Why study Access Maths online with the University of Aberdeen?
How you’ll study
You’re completely free to set your own study hours. The learning resources are there for you 24/7, all your round, so you can drop in and study anytime.
- Learning and assessment total approximately 150 hours.
- That’s around 10-15 hours per week over 12 weeks.
- This is a rough estimate. No two students will spend the same time on a course.
Our Access courses are assessed entirely online.
- Your course will end with two assessments. You complete and submit these online.
- You don’t have to take these final assessments until you feel totally ready. You can go back and review previous learning until you feel confident enough to progress to the assessment stage.
- You need to pass both assessments. They combine to give you a final grade using our Common Grading Scale.
We mark assessments at five fixed points throughout the year, called exit points.
You can submit your assessments anytime, and your work will be marked at the next available exit point. We position exit points throughout the year to line up with university and college admission dates. See our timeline below.
Once assessments are marked, you’ll receive your grades online. We’ll also email your transcript (proof of your grades) to you after your grades are announced.
Using Access to gain entry to college or university?
You’ll need your Access transcript as evidence for admissions departments. Please ensure you have enough time to receive your results and transcript before your course start date.
Exit points for academic year 2021/2022:
Exit point 1
- Exit point closes: 10am, 3 September 2021
- Results available: 1 October 2021
Exit point 2
- Exit point closes: 10am, 5 November 2021
- Results available: 3 December 2021
Exit point 3
- Exit point closes: 10am, 21 January 2022
- Results available: 17 February 2022
Exit point 4
- Exit point closes: 10am, 13 May 2022
- Results available: 10 June 2022
Exit point 5
- Exit point closes: 10am, 8 July 2022
- Results available: 5 August 2022
If you fail an assessment, you are allowed one resubmission attempt for the next available exit point. There is a £30 fee to resit your assessments.
- 15 credits at SCQF Level 7 (Advanced Higher-equivalent level)
- A certificate and transcript of your achievement from the University of Aberdeen.
This isn’t an actual Advanced Higher. Advanced 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.
- in accordance with the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Advanced Higher level
- by educationalists experienced in working at this academic level
- to develop your key Advanced Higher level skills
- to support your access into Higher Education.
Where this will take you
Further online Access courses
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:
- Windows 8 or later
- Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) or later.
All our teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper laptop or computer keyboard for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed. We broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you are never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
This course is very much self-guided.
- Have you ever taken a course that involved a high proportion of self-study?
- If yes, did you enjoy self-study as a way of learning?
Self-study isn’t for everyone. If you’ve struggled in the past, or have any concerns, please get in touch.
Sorry, this course isn’t eligible for any discounts or fee waivers.
How to pay
- Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
- You enrol and pay for your course online – simply apply below.
- We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
As an Access student, you’re entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.
You’ll be sent details of how to get your student card once you’ve enrolled.