University Access – Foundation in Business
This is a one-year foundation course leading to direct entry to a British university degree programme in Business related subjects. The course is especially suitable for students aged 17+ wishing to go to university in the UK who have completed their high school education but who have not taken A level examinations or their equivalent.
The course is designed to improve academic achievement in the subjects which students plan to study at University, to foster the more analytical approach to learning which is required in British universities and to ensure that students attain the standard of English Language required to successfully undertake a degree course. Students work in small classes of approximately 10 students facilitating individual attention and tuition from the highly qualified and experienced teachers.
The course requires three terms of study, normally September to June. In very exceptional circumstances a university may accept a two-term course starting in January, but is more likely to require a student to continue classes through July and August. Most university programmes in Britain start in late September or early October. However the University of Buckingham offers courses beginning in January and therefore accepts students from Padworth who begin the course in January and complete it in December.
The structure and content of the course is tailored to the individual student depending on the academic subjects they choose and their English Language ability. In general, there are 24 hours of tuition per week of which approximately 12 hours will be spent following classes in at least two academic subjects appropriate to his or her planned degree course.
Students who need to improve their English Language skills in order to achieve the minimum entrance requirement receive about six hours of intensive language teaching per week. However the course is extremely flexible and where appropriate, a student may follow up to 12 hours of English Language tuition and only one academic subject, or alternatively, native speakers and non-native speakers who already have an acceptable language qualification may select a third academic subject.
The remainder of the course comprises three hours per week of Information Technology with three hours of either study skills or GCSE Mathematics which is a compulsory requirement for university admission in the UK. In addition each student has a weekly tutorial session with the Course Director.
Throughout the year, the student compiles a portfolio of coursework which includes a series of 15 written assignments. Internal examinations take place mid-year to monitor progress and at the end of the course. The overall result is an average of the grades for the coursework and the final written examination, both of which are internally assessed.
Padworth has an excellent record in placing its Access students on university courses. We provide individual counselling for each student to support and guide them in the selection and application process. The course is recognised by an increasing number of British universities as an entrance qualification for undergraduate study and in recent years, students who have successfully completed the course have been admitted, or have been offered a place by the following universities:
|Royal Holloway College||University of London||Brunel University|
|Aston University||Coventry University||University of Kent|
|Middlesex University||Oxford Brookes University||South Bank University|
|University of Surrey||Cardiff University||University of Buckingham|
|Bournemouth University||University of St Andrews, Scotland||University of Ulster|
|University of Exeter|
Whilst the University Access course provides an entry qualification for a wide range of courses at British Universities, students interested in the University Access course are advised that some of the more competitive degree courses are only open to students with at least three A Levels. Padworth provides a comprehensive range of A Level courses and specialist English Language support for all students.