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Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma - Art & Design

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Course Description

Access courses are designed for students who want a fast track route to university or to progress into careers and vocations that require higher level qualifications. Access courses have featured at Hopwood Hall for many years – changing the lives of many students. We’re also proud to say that our achievement and success rates are amongst the best in the country.

There are eight ‘pathways’ on the Level 3 programme tailored to different career/ Higher Education areas. These are:

  • Art & Design
  • Business Professions
  • Catering & IT
  • Health and Caring Professions
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Public Services and Allied Professions
  • Sport and Exercise

There are slightly different entry criteria for each pathway which reflects the requirements of differing Higher Education degree programmes. All pathways have mandatory units in Academic Essay Writing and Research Skills.

Please be aware that successful completion of an Access to HE Diploma does not guarantee a place at university.


Open Awards: Access to Higher Education Diploma – Art & Design

Entry Requirements

Immediate entry to the one-year Level 3 Access to HE Diploma offers students who have already attained sufficient GCSE qualifications the quickest route to university. Usually this means students must have attained 4 GCSEs grade A-C/9-4, including English and Maths


The course is divided into 2 main areas. Practical Art modules that will help you to build up your practical experience and gain technical skills across a wide range of art processes. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your personal development with a range of units designed to prepare for progression in HE.

Practical Art Units Include:

· Introduction to Ceramics

· Introduction to Life Drawing

· Introduction to Visual Research for Art and Design

· Drawing for Art and Design

· Extended Study in the Visual Arts

· Figure Studies

· Graphics Skills Development

· Painting Extended

· Relief Printmaking

· Art and Design Project

Personal-Development Units

· Applying for HE

· Setting Targets & Reflective Practise

· Research Skills

· ICT Using presentation software

· Professional Behaviours

The Access programme requires attendance for 12 hours per week over 36 weeks and is offered as a daytime course only.

Work Experience

There are no formal work experience requirements on this course.


The Access to HE Diploma offers students a way to gain the qualifications needed to enter Higher Education and gain a degree, helping them to enter their chosen career

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