English and Media continue to be popular, traditional and extremely relevant subjects, at all levels of study. If you’d like to explore them at university level, but don’t currently have the necessary qualifications, this Access to Higher Education course in English, Writing and Media has been designed specifically to help you apply to universities and study for a degree.

During this year-long course, you’ll get a broad introduction to key areas of English and Media, including poetry and plays, novels from multiple periods of literary history, television and film, writing for magazines and cultural theory. You could be developing your academic writing skills and studying gothic fiction with Bram Stoker’s Dracula one day, before moving on to exploring themes in Tennessee Williams’ classic, A Streetcar Named Desire and then learning all about practical video production the next day.

Whether you’re studying short stories or poetry, writing fiction or exploring film genres, you’ll be developing a wide range of skills that are highly regarded by both university admissions tutors and prospective employers. From academically-reliable research to analytical reading skills, you’ll be well prepared for a university-level course in English, Writing or Media with this Access to Higher Education Diploma.

St John's Centre
Full Time
1 year
September 2021
In order to enrol on this course, you’ll need to have a GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above. If you do not currently have a GCSE in Maths at grade C or above, you should also enrol on a GCSE class to run alongside this Access Diploma.

If you’d like to start preparing now for the course, and for subsequent university applications, there are a few things you can do to put yourself in the best possible position. It’s helpful to get as much relevant experience as you can, so you could start submitting poems and stories to writing competitions, attending literary events all around the city, or seeking volunteer work with magazines, production companies and online publications.

This will support the requirements needed for a strong university application and help to ensure you make the most of this course.

Prospective students should check the entry requirements of their preferred university to ensure the best possible opportunity for progression.
You’ll be assessed continuously throughout this Access to (Professions in) English, Writing and Media Diploma. This will include academic essays, projects, presentations, seminars and exams.
Depending on your circumstances, you may need to pay tuition fees for this Access to Higher Education Diploma.

There are a number of different funding and finance options to help you afford your tuition at The Manchester College, with dedicated support from the government, bursaries and grants, and special loans to cover any tuition fees.
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