English, Literature & Creative Writing Access to HE Diploma

Cornwall College Saltash LEVEL: 3 Arts & Media

The highly successful English, Literature and Creative Writing (Including Journalism) Access to HE Diploma at Saltash is designed as a stepping stone to Higher Education. This course will enable motivated, enthusiastic people to progress on to a range of English, Journalism and Linguistics related degree programmes. Validated by Ascentis, the Diploma is a recognised qualification for progression by universities.

The course is challenging and you will in effect be studying the equivalent of 3 A levels in 9 months as opposed to 2 years, therefore full attendance and absolute commitment is required to allow you to fully maximise your learning opportunities.   If you’re a proactive individual who is determined to realise their potential as a professional in this area of study, then this pathway is for you.


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Ideal if:

This pathway is ideal for those who wish to professionalise their existing employment through accessing a degree pathway and for those who have always wanted to work in the English/Journalism sector.

You’ll need:

Although there aren't any specific entry requirements, all applicants will be invited to attend an Access Workshop (approx 3 hours) where full course information is given and you will be expected to complete the initial assessment and a written exercise.

You’ll learn:

The course will support your academic development through 5 Study Skills modules including -

  • Developing Your Research Skills
  • Academic Writing
  • Examination Techniques and Practices

You will also study a range of academic modules from the English/Literature disciplines, such as -

  • Creative Writing
  • History of Language
  • Prose pre and post 1914
  • Print Journalism

In total you will study 20 modules over the 9 month course.  The course has been designed to reflect undergraduate programmes to fully prepare you for university.


The course runs from September until the end of June/early July. You will be expected to attend college 2 days per week.

This is a challenging course and it is expected that students will complete a minimum of 15 hours of independent study each week.

You’ll love:

Meeting with visiting professional authors, participating with the 'page to stage' process of creating a drama from original writings and attending plays relating to your course content where possible.

You’ll go on to:

This course offers you a wide range of options at university. Typically successful learners go on to study English, Literature, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Speech and Language Therapy, Media Studies, Publishing, Journalism, Teaching etc.

This course is also helpful for those wishing to enter the world of work rather than progress onto further study.


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English, Literature & Creative Writing Access to HE Diploma

Start Date

September 2017




1 Year

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.