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Pre-Access To Higher Education Laser Learning Awards Level 2

Course Code: B1131 Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2017 Duration: 36 weeks Entry requirements: Level 1 English and maths. Qualification: LASER Pre-Access Learning Awards Level 2 Awarding Body: Laser

This pre-access course is aimed at those who are interested in preparing for and progressing onto any of our access to higher education courses.

It is an ideal starting point for those applicants who are returning to education who need to improve and develop their study skills.

The focus of the course is to develop a wide range of skills required for further study: understanding and planning your own learning; know how to carry out effective research for academic purposes, read and discuss a wide range of different resources, produce varied writing for different purposes, listen to others and engage in discussion, develop your thinking skills, improve your mathematical ability.

Course content

  • Skills for effective learning - understand the demands of studying, identifying challenges, aspirations, target setting and the different ways of learning.
  • Referencing skills - understand the need for and how to reference. Learn how to produce both a bibliography and reference list. Understand plagiarism.
  • Reading and comprehension of texts - you will read a variety of different texts, discuss the content and be able to identify the purpose, style, effect of language and the social/historical context.
  • Discursive writing - you will learn how to plan and structure a piece of writing including how to organise your points, use arguments and acknowledge sources.
  • Understanding diversity within society - understand what is meant by diversity in society and identify similarities and differences between groups.
  • Psychology - understand psychological terminology, ethics and the different methods of investigation.
  • Algebra and Graphs - understand algebra and how to use it.
  • Shape - basic arithmetic skills -understand angles, 2D and 3D shapes, circles, triangles, volume and Pythagoras’ theorem.
  • Basic arithmetic skills - learn how to perform calculations, decimals, fractions, percentages, ratio and how to use a calculator to solve problems.

Why the MET?

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Facilities at Brighton MET

  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

Facilities at Brighton MET


In preparation for your course we recommend that you read a weekly quality newspaper such as The Guardian, The Observer or The Times, and watch or listen to the news every day.

This is a part time course on one day per week for 6 hours; this allows plenty of time for attendance at GCSE classes (if appropriate) and part time employment.

In addition to your one day of classes you’ll need to make time for self-study to produce your assignments and further improve your skills.

What's next?

This course will equip you with a range of skills required to study on an access course.

To progress onto access you may also need GCSE Maths and English so if you are ready (this will be determined by either evidence of previous qualifications or initial on course assessment) you will also be able to do one or two GCSEs alongside this pre-access course.

If you pass this course and gain the required grades at GCSE you will then be able to progress onto an access course.

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