Access to
Higher Education

View all courses

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 enjoy learning and want to expand your horizons?

Then our Access to HE 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 for your chosen degree course. 

An Access to HE diploma is a nationally recognised qualification, equivalent to three A Levels, and is specifically designed to support 19+ students back to study, to support their progression to university and to help them secure the career of their dreams.  

Each course is 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.

98% of our students progress onto degree level study upon completion of their studies.*

*UCAS 2019.

View Subject Guide

Reasons to choose us

  • Cheaper than a Foundation Year

    An Access to HE Diploma is typically half the cost of studying a foundation year at uni.

  • 98% progression rate

    98% of our students progress onto degree-level study upon completion of their Access to HE Diploma.
    *UCAS Data 19

  • Flexible learning patterns

    Choose from a range of delivery options including blended learning.

  • Support for your next steps

    We'll help you build your study skills alongside your academic knowledge so you're better prepared for uni demands.

Case Studies

There are thousands of UCEN Manchester graduates who’ve found their future with our help.

View all


Winning night for adult education

Second awards win in a week for UCEN Manchester.


Open Day

Believe In Different

Got a question?

Our teams are here to help, whatever your query.