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Access to Higher Education

Important Notice for Existing Access to HE Student

Please click here for an update relating to the award of the Access to HE Diplomas for students who planned to complete by 31 July 2020.


Your Fast-Track Route to University

If you wish to study at university and either lack the necessary entry qualifications or feel you need to develop confidence in your study methods, our Access to Higher Education programmes are for you. 


Access to HE programmes provide nationally recognised qualifications that are an alternative to the traditional A-Level route of getting into university and the flexible style of study is ideally suited to adults leading busy lives; for some Access programmes, you can choose day or evening provision, helping you to study alongside your other commitments.

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For the following Access courses; Education in Primary Schools & Professions, Social Work, Nursing & Health Professions, Science Professions & Social Sciences, please click on the image above to view our Access Presentation and learn how to apply and complete our online assessment for a place starting in September 2020.  


If you're interested in Access to HE in Business Management, click here to read more and Apply Now.


If you're interested in Access to HE in Computing & IT, you can click here to read more and Apply Now.


We offer ongoing information, advice and guidance before and throughout your programme. We want your college experience to be as positive and enjoyable as possible, so we are always on hand to provide support, ensuring that you achieve your ambitions and enjoy success on your programme. 



  • What is an Access to Higher Education (HE) course?

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    Access to HE courses prepare adults for study at university level.


    Courses are designed, in particular, for people who have been out of education for some time, especially those who left school with too few qualifications to be able to go straight to university.


    Access to HE courses provide a good foundation in the knowledge and skills required for studying at university level, so that students are confident and well prepared when they go on to higher education. In order to use the title ‘Access to HE’ a course must be recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

  • What does an Access to HE Diploma involve?

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    An Access to HE Diploma course involves completing a certain set of units of study which are relevant to the overall Diploma subject.

    The whole package of units is designed to equip students for university level study in that subject or subject area.

    The detail of course content on individual courses depends on the subject of the Diploma, but all courses require study of relevant academic subject(s) at university entry level give students the opportunity to learn how to approach study at university level and develop techniques to help them to be successful students.

  • Do you have various Access to HE subjects?

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    Courses leading to the Access to HE Diploma are available in many different subjects, providing a preparation for a wide range of university programmes. We offer:

    • Business Management
    • Computing & ICT
    • Nursing & Allied Health Professions
    • Science
    • Social Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Teaching & Education Studies




  • What qualifications do I need to join?

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    You will need English and Maths GCSE at a grade 4 (C) or above, or be working towards these, and may require additional GCSEs if they are required for entry to your chosen university course. You are advised to investigate potential university progression routes to establish specific entry requirements they may require. 

    All applicants are interviewed prior to acceptance on the course, and this is a two-stage process. You will be asked to complete a written assessment during the first part of the interview, which assesses your academic reading and writing ability to ensure you are at a level suitable for study at Level 3. You will then be invited for a 1-to-1 interview with a course tutor to establish the suitability of your chosen pathway for your intended progression route. 

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