Access to Higher Education

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Are you interested in changing your career path?  Do you have a dream career that has never quite happened?  Are you looking for career progression? Do you want to study at university level?

Then our Access to HE (higher education) Diplomas will prepare you for studying at degree level and are ideal if you haven’t been in education for a while. They are also the perfect stepping-stone if you need to top up your existing qualifications or to gain the required UCAS points or entry requirements for your chosen degree course.

What is an Access to HE diploma?

An Access to HE diploma is a nationally recognised qualification. Like A-Levels, once you complete your course, the access to HE diploma is a full Level 3 qualification that is accepted by universities nationwide. They are specifically designed to support students aged 19+ back to study, to support their progression to university, gain study skills and to help them secure the career of their dreams. 

We offer a variety of access to HE courses, with each one specifically designed to enable learners to develop the skills necessary for academic success and progression to university and beyond.  You will benefit from a supportive learning environment which is provided by using a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars (student-centred discussions), tutorials, group work, practical workshops, presentations, debates and private study. 

Funding your studies

Find out about how you could fund your studies with an Advanced Learner Loan. Subject to eligibility

Fees and funding


All Courses

Our Access courses are perfect for you if it’s been a while since you were last in education, or you need to build on your existing qualifications to gain the required UCAS points for your chosen degree course.

Reasons to choose us

English, Writing
and Media

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.

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