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At Richmond upon Thames College we offer a niche set of courses for those interested in changing their career path, preparing for and getting into university or advancing in their current careers. Our access courses attract students of ages 19+ and are taught in an engaging and holistic way in order to give our students all of the knowledge and skills they need to make that career transition.

The College offers a good range of Access to Higher Education courses in art and design, sports science, health science, social science, business and accounting.

Reasons to do an access course at Richmond upon Thames College:

  • Flexible part-time or full-time study that fits around your work/ lifestyle
  • Various funding options available depending on your age, employment status and previous qualifications
  • Classes are small, allowing for ample one-to-one tutorials with teachers
  • The students are diverse, better preparing you for a diverse world of work
  • Great support services for those with counselling, study and learning needs
  • A big, easy-to-access campus with great facilities
  • Strong work-related emphasis and links to employers
  • A great track record of student success

In 2014, representatives from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) carried out a full review of Richmond upon College's Higher Education provision. They were particularly impressed with the College's strong and long lasting links with employers, some of whom have worked with the College for over 30 years. Students were clear in their views to the QAA reviewers that the College's provision is excellent and that they felt supported as well as stretched and challenged.

Study something you enjoy, improve your future career prospects and develop essential study, presentation and employability skills. Apply for an Access course for September 2015.

General Information

Duration of courses: One year

Learning support: Specialist support, equipment and software available for those with learning difficulties or disabilities. A great counselling service is also available to all students.

Accessibility: Good access for people with disabilities

Pre-Access Courses Available: Yes

Courses

Access to HE Diploma (Art and Design)

Attendance: Day
Progression: Access qualification is recognised by universities and other institutions providing Higher education courses as an entry requirement. The successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to higher education to study for a degree or professional qualifications within Creative Arts and Media. You will be supported through the UCAS process and guided towards selecting the appropriate course. As part of this course you can specialise by doing a unit in one of the following areas: architecture, graphic design, fashion and textiles, photography or interior design.

Currently Richmond –upon-Thames College has links with London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, University Arts Bournemouth and Southampton Solent. The College currently runs a highly successful Higher National Certificate and Diploma course and would welcome Access students. Richmond upon Thames College was one of the first to successfully pass the Higher Education Review process – a review process that is applied to all HE providers (see our website Higher Education for further details).

Career opportunities in the Creative Industry include: Interior Design, Visual Communication, Design in Digital Media, Fashion (including marketing and styling), Multimedia, Photographic Practice, Design Management, Costume, Print, Advertising, Branding, Product Design, Furniture Design, photojournalism, Film / Theatre sets and costume design, Architecture, Graphic Design , Marketing and Education.
Location/site : Twickenham

Learner Information Sheet - Access to HE Diploma (Art and Design)
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Access to HE Diploma (Business Studies)

Attendance: Day
Progression: An access qualification is recognised by universities and other institutions providing higher education courses as an entry requirement. The successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to higher education to study for a degree or professional qualification within the Business sector. You will be supported through the UCAS process and guided towards selecting the appropriate course.
Location/site : Twickenham

Learner Information Sheet - Access to HE Diploma (Business Studies)
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Access to HE Diploma (Humanities and Social Science)

Attendance: Day
Progression: An access qualification is recognised by universities and other institutions providing higher education courses as an entry requirement. The successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to higher education to study for a humanities or social science related degree. You will be supported through the UCAS process and guided towards selecting the appropriate course.
Location/site : Twickenham

Learner Information Sheet - Access to HE Diploma (Humanities and Social Science)
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Access to HE Diploma (Nursing)

Attendance: Day
Progression: An access qualification is recognised by universities and other institutions providing higher education courses as an entry requirement. The successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to higher education to study for Nursing related degrees. You will be supported through the UCAS process and guided towards selecting the appropriate course.
Location/site : Twickenham

Learner Information Sheet - Access to HE Diploma (Nursing)
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Access to HE Diploma (Science)

Attendance: Day
Progression: An access qualification is recognised by universities and other institutions providing higher education courses as an entry requirement. The successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to higher education to study for Science related degrees. You will be supported through the UCAS process and guided towards selecting the appropriate course.
Location/site : Twickenham

Learner Information Sheet - Access to HE Diploma (Science)
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Access to HE Diploma (Sports Science)

Attendance: Day
Progression: An access qualification is recognised as an entry requirement by universities and other institutions providing higher education courses. The successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to higher education to study for a degree, foundation degree, HNC or HND in a sport and active leisure related subject. These include: sport science, sports therapy, sports coaching, sport, health and fitness and sport and exercise sciences. You will be supported through the UCAS process and guided towards selecting the appropriate course. If you are thinking of progressing to higher education, you should check the entry requirements of specific course providers prior to starting this course. Career opportunities in the sport and active leisure industry include: Sports coaching, personal training, teaching, strength and conditioning, sports management, physical therapy, sports massage, fitness instruction, sport psychology.
Location/site : Twickenham

Learner Information Sheet - Access to HE Diploma (Sports Science)

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