Fast track Access courses starting in January

01 December 2016

BCoT opens doors to university with a new fast track Access course in January.

Adults seeking qualifications to get into university are being given an extra chance to secure their place in 2017, as Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) launches a new fast track Access to Higher Education programme in January.

BCoT is the only college in the area to offer the fastrack option which allows those over 18 who don’t already have the right qualifications to reach the standards required by universities for higher level study. Those who have missed the usual September start time will now have a second chance to fulfil their dreams by condensing their period of study into seven months instead of a year meaning they can meet the deadline for next year’s entry in September 2017.

Anthony Bravo, Principal at BCoT, commented on how the demand for Access courses has grown and therefore there is a real demand for the fast track option saying: “I am really pleased we have been able to find the necessary resources to launch these programmes in January so people don’t have to wait another 21 months to be able to go to university.” He continued: “Access courses are life changing qualifications and people of all ages are realising it’s never too late to learn.”

Pippa Howells, a former Access to Nursing and Healthcare student, is now studying for a degree in Occupational Therapy at Oxford Brookes University. She described her course at BCoT as “the best thing I have ever done,” adding: “It is certainly challenging and it’s not easy juggling the demands of a family and life in general. However, I am seizing an opportunity which I never thought would be available to me and this all stems from doing the Access course at BCoT. It really is never too late to learn, you just have to be brave and believe that you can do it.”

The government has provided additional support for adult learners by introducing Advanced Learner Loans for eligible students. This means there are no up-front fees to pay and if a student successfully completes their degree, the Access part of the loan is completely written off.

There are numerous pathways for Access students and the fast track courses are specifically focussed on Art & Design; Business and Computer Science. The only entry requirements are to have GCSEs in Maths and English (grade c or above). However, those without Maths and English can join the Pre Access course which also starts in January leading straight into the full Access course in September combining study for GCSE Maths and English at the same time.

To find out more about Access programmes starting in January 2017, visit or come along to our Adult Courses Open Evening on Monday 9th January 5-7pm;  or call 01256 306679.

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