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Duration: September to May (two semesters)



Want a degree? Don’t have the qualifications? AHEAD may be for you.

AHEAD is a part-time evening access course to a wide range of Abertay degrees. If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and do not have sufficient qualifications, AHEAD could be your access to higher education at Abertay.

Key Features
AHEAD will provide you with the core academic and study skills necessary for you to successfully complete a higher education degree at Abertay University.

•    Study two evenings per week between 6:30-9:00 for two semesters  
•    No formal entry requirements, but you must have been away from full-time education for 3 years or more
•    Key skills module strengthens your core study skills to prepare you for higher education study
•    A choice of subject based option modules
•    Successful completion of the AHEAD programme guarantees a place on a range of Abertay degree programmes
•    No fees are attached to the AHEAD programme

What you study

What you study
The programme is part-time and delivered at the University two evenings a week. It consists of one core 30 credit module that is designed to strengthen your key study, information literacy, IT & numeracy skills and which is completed in the first semester. This is followed by two 15 credit subject based option modules completed in the second semester from a choice that includes social science, science, computing, business, and health and sports science.

How you learn and are assessed
The AHEAD programme is delivered two nights per week between September and May. The teaching on the AHEAD programme is designed to provide you with a supportive environment enabling you to develop, sharpen, and improve your study skills. You will be taught in a variety ways including through lectures, seminars, discussions, group work, practical classes and guided independent study. Assessment methods vary between different modules but take the form of portfolios, essays and reports, presentations and examinations.

Entry routes

Entrance requirements
There are no formal entrance requirements other than having been out of education for 3 years or more. All students will be interviewed to ascertain their motivation to study and the suitability of the AHEAD programme to their learning needs. Entry is at SCQF level 06.

Course content

Year 1
Module Code
Module Title
Skills for Study in Higher Education
Semester 1
Access to Business
Semester 2
Access to Computing
Semester 2
Access to Health and Sports Science
Semester 2
Access to Science & Technology
Semester 2
Access to Social Science
Semester 2

Information on course structures and modules is drawn from 2013/4 data and may be subject to change without prior notification. Students who are registering with us will be provided with the up to date information on their course structure in order to allow them to register on the appropriate modules

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Career opportunities
AHEAD is an access course that provides you, on successful completion, with a guaranteed place on a range of Abertay University undergraduate degree programmes. AHEAD focuses on strengthening key transferable skills such as communication, IT, literacy and numeracy skills and should also be attractive to employers thereby enhancing your employability.

Please note that this course is not suitable for progression to the following programmes: BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology, BA (Hons) Computer Arts, BSc (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development, BA (Hons) Game Design and Production Management, LLB (Hons) Law, or BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Media Design.

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How to find out more
Programme Tutor:     Jason Annetts
Telephone:         01382 308745 or 01382 308722

How to apply
To apply for entry to this course, complete and return a Part-time_Direct_Application_Form .


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