Level 2 Certificate in Preparing for Further Studies in Education – January Start

students in discussion wgc


The Pre-Access Certificate in Preparing for Further Study in Education is intended to support progression to an Access to HE Diploma in a related area. You will attend college one day per week.

The Certificate will provide you with a firm foundation in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding of education, while at the same time giving you the opportunity to develop and practice your study skills. You will have the chance to practise producing written work in the format expected when progressing to an Access to HE Diploma and to experience the same approach to assessment, making you better prepared for further study.


Am I right for the course?

This qualification is designed for adult learners who are aspiring to higher education, lack the necessary qualifications to apply for a degree course but are not yet ready to embark on a preparatory Level 3 qualification

You should be ready to undertake further learning or training and keen to develop knowledge and/or skills in a specific subject area.

You should be age 19 or over.

The pre-Access qualification has a single mandatory, graded unit which requires you to complete an extended project in your chosen sector or subject. You can then choose the remaining units from a range of optional ungraded units, selecting those that match your interests and best fit with your planned progression route.

Oaklands College has a team of experienced and specialist subject staff who have industry experience and deliver the teaching and learning on the programme. In addition there is a dedicated team of personal tutors who will help you develop your study skills and support you in reaching your full academic potential.

What Next?

Successdful completion of this course allows progression onto an Access to HE Diploma and ultimately potential progression to degree level studies in one of the following fields:

Health • Health and Related Health Professions • Health and Social Care • Health Professions • Health Professions and Social Sciences • Midwifery • Nursing • Nursing and Midwifery • Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies • Paramedic studies • Psychology and Counselling • Psychology and Sociology • Psychosocial Studies • Science and Health Professions • Social Science • Social Studies • Social Work • Social Work and Related Professions.

On completing the Access course many of our students will continue their education at the University of Hertfordshire. Others choose to go further afield and continue their studies at various universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Ready to take the next step?

Reaching your career goals is just a click away.

exam results


16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

In need of more advice?

Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

Other courses you may be interested in

Experience what the future
has to offer at Oaklands College

Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

Scroll to Top