What is the Pre-Entry Access Course?
Would you like to study for an university degree but don’t have the necessary qualifications? Maybe you have been away from full-time education for a long time?
We’re here to help.
Our Pre-entry Access Course is designed to help people get into university degree programmes. We help people from a range of backgrounds with different learning needs and objectives, including:
- those with no qualifications
- those with qualifications that are out of date (normally more than five years old)
- those interested in finding out what university-style study is like before applying for full-time study.
To be eligible for entry, at least three years must have elapsed since you left school or full-time education. This is because our experience indicates that such a period allows people to develop their abilities in time management and “juggling” various commitments. In addition, it allows you time to decide upon your chosen study route and formulate your career aspirations. It is therefore important that you have adequate work or life experience outside the school system.
The University is committed to Widening Access and in line with Scottish Government policy, prioritise students who reside within the bottom 40% of the most deprived areas in Scotland as outlined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). Further information can be accessed at the University's Widening Access webpages.
The course aims to equip you with the necessary skills for undergraduate study within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Business School, as well as familiarising you with studying at a university.
Take a look at some more course information below.
The course offers a broad introduction to a range of subjects in the fields of Business, Law and Humanities & Social Sciences.
You are required to attend three modules of academic disciplines each lasting 7 weeks over the academic session. The following choice* of disciplines are on offer:
- Module 1: History, Business Management or Italian
- Module 2: English, Politics or French
- Module 3: Psychology or Law
*Please note that the subjects on offer and their module allocation may change.
NB. If you wish to apply for the LLB degree, the Law and English modules must be taken.
If you wish to apply for degree programmes within the Business School you must take Business Management as a module choice.
Students for whom English is not their first language are expected to have at least 6.5 IELTS before commencing on the course.
Students may take only one language in total e.g. either French or Italian.
In addition, to module classes a range of Learning Support Evenings are provided giving advice on essay writing, time management and preparation for examinations. Many students have not written an essay for several years and these classes are designed to enable students to master the skills needed in handling information which is vital for undergraduate study.
The course is offered in the evening, making it ideal for working students who are attracted to academic study (as well as those who are out of work). It is taught by University lecturers and also offers study advice and guidance on what to expect as an undergraduate student. Classes are held within the University’s John Anderson Campus in Richmond Street, off George Street, in the centre of Glasgow and within easy reach of railway stations and bus terminals.
The course runs on Monday evenings and consists of 25 x two-hour meetings (6pm to 8pm). Further private study of three to five hours is expected of students. You'll therefore require around five to seven hours of commitment per week.
Attendance at classes is monitored because they are an essential part of your learning experience. There is a minimum attendance requirement which must be met in order to be awarded credit.
The course commences with an Introductory Evening in mid September 2017.
There are no formal entry qualifications for the course. Students on our Pre-entry Access Course come from a range of backgrounds with different learning needs and objectives. Our students come from all walks of life, comprise of a wide range of ages but are all keen to return to learning with a view to working towards a degree course at university.
Pre-entry applicants should have had at least three years break from full-time education and will have developed the maturity and independence needed to cope with university-style learning.
Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to satisfy us that their spoken English is good enough for them to have a realistic chance of doing well on the course. The minimum requirement is 6.5 IELTS or equivalent.
The Application Form you complete is used to assess your suitability for the course and for onward study as entry into Strathclyde degree programmes is extremely competitive. You must fully complete the online Application Form paying particular attention to the sections asking about your study goals and onward career aspirations. Due to demand for places on the course, these sections in the Application Form are crucial when making selection decisions regarding places. Some applicants may be invited for an informal interview.
Assessment is based on the following:
- a general essay of around 1,000 words which is unassessed numerically but treated as a learning exercise. It will not count towards students final mark but must be completed in order to achieve a pass
- three further pieces of course work ie one for each module
- a written exam of three hours duration, held in May
The Final Mark for the course will consist of a weighted average of your coursework (50% of final mark) and the final exam (50% of final mark).
If the Pre-Entry course is completed successfully, the student may, dependent on the level of performance and UCAS Personal Statement, be considered for entry to:
- the full-time and part-time BA degree in Humanities and Social Sciences
- the full-time and part-time BA degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
- the full-time and part-time BA degree in Psychology and Counselling
- the full-time and part-time LLB degree in Law
- certain courses within the School of Education
- certain courses in the Business School
Students who wish to be considered for the LLB degree course must take both the Law and English modules.
Students who do not have English as their first language must take the English module unless they have an alternative English qualification. Students wishing to apply for degree programmes within the Business School must take Business Management as one of their module choices.
Students should also note that due to the demand for places entry is competitive and that the UCAS personal statement will be used as a further selection criterion in addition to the Pre-entry course result.
We are unable to guarantee that attainment of the required mark will result in an offer of a place on your chosen degree programme.
The Pre-entry Access Course is also recognised for the purpose of consideration for entry to degree programmes at other universities. Entry requirements may differ and it is suggested you contact the university of your choice to confirm these.
The Pre-entry Access Course is worth 30 university credits at SCQF Level 7 under the title 'Access to University Study'. This means that on successful completion of the course you will be awarded this credit.
Should you take up a place on an undergraduate degree programme at Strathclyde, you will surrender these credits upon entry to University. If you do not take up a place at the University of Strathclyde, you may be able to take these credits to another institution.
The fee for entry in 2017/18 is £470. Payment is due after you have been formally accepted onto the course and you will be unable to commence until fees are fully paid.
If you earn £25,000 or less, funding may be available to you through Student Awards Agency Scotland’s (SAAS) Part-Time Fee Grant (PTFG). This will fund a maximum of £321 of the course fee. Find out more information about the grant and how to apply.
Applications should be made online here: Application Form
Note that when you first access the application you will set up a new login, which will allow you to revisit the application later, if you wish, and edit your responses to your satisfaction before final submission.
The deadline for applications is Friday 28 July 2017.
Please note you may be required to attend an informal interview before a place can be offered on the course.
The Centre for Lifelong Learning is committed to promoting and improving opportunities for students with disabilities. We therefore welcome applications from those with who have any needs which may affect their ability to complete the course successfully. Please ensure that you provide details in the relevant section of the application form and our Departmental Disability Adviser will contact you to discuss how we can assist. All discussions are treated confidentially.