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Access to HE

Gaining the qualification you need to get into university

If you are aged 19+ and are considering a second chance at education, then this is the course for you.  We have various pathways available for you to go into your chosen degree course. 

Help with finances

Don't be put off by the cost of the course, as an Advanced Learning Loan is open to anyone aged over 19 studying a Level 3 or above qualification, is not means tested or subject to credit checks and you only start to pay it back when you're earning over £21,000 per year.

If you successfully complete your Access to HE course, progress onto and complete a degree, you do not have to pay back your Advanced Learning Loan.

If you're aged 19-23 and studying your first full-time Level 3 programme your course will be completely free.

Which pathway is for you?

Access to HE Diploma (Health) - for nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, paramedics,  dental work, ODP, and many more health related careers.

Access to HE Diploma (Social Sciences) - for degrees in areas such as psychology, counselling, social work, social policy, law, and many other areas.

Access to HE Diploma (Education) - for working in the education sector as primary or secondary school teachers, special educational needs co-ordinators, play therapists, early years practitioners, community education officers, school mentors and youth workers.

Access to HE Diploma (Sports Science) - for careers in areas including sports coaching, massage and rehabilitation, physiotherapy, sports psychology, biomechanics, sports development officer,  community/outdoor activities manager.

What can I expect?

The Access to HE course is a course which runs over one year (September to May). Students should expect to be in College for 15 hours per week over 3 days and to undertake 15 hours private study per week.

What will I learn?

All students will study three subjects at Level 3 relevant to their chosen progression route. 

Dependent on which pathway you are studying, you will gain knowledge and understanding in areas such as:-

Psychology – understanding behaviour, social influence, development over the lifespan, abnormal behaviour, social relationships.

Biology – cells, nutrition and digestion, respiration and circulation, reproduction and growth, endocrine system.

Sociology – crime and deviance, family structure, history of the NHS, gender, education, roles and responsibilities.

Childhood Studies – intellectual development, language development, play, disability.

Education Theory – cognitive development, sociology of education, child development.

Education Practice – influences on achievement, realities of teaching, communication and practice, behaviour problems.

5 steps to success!

Step 1 – Apply online for the Access to HE course.

Step 2 – You will then be selected to attend an introductory event where you will need to bring evidence of any qualification that you currently hold.

Step 3 – Complete a one-to-one interview with a member of the team to discuss your suitability.

Step 4 – Enrol on our “Return to Learn” 2 day taster course.

Step 5 – Upon successful completion of the “Return to Learn” course you will be invited to progress on to the Access course in September 2018.

What qualifications do I need?

GCSE English or maths at Grade C or above. However, if you don’t have either of these qualifications then we can offer you a pre-Access course where you will be able to study for both maths and English alongside our level 2 course.   Whatever your situation, we are here to offer you advice and guidance to get you on the right course!


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The course increased my confidence and ultimately changed my life. My advice to anyone thinking of returning to study would be go for it!

Katy Kelsall, 35, Access to Higher Education


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