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Access to HE

Follow your dreams

If you want a second chance at education you should think about starting an Access to HE course this year.

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 sucessfully complete your Access to HE course, progress onto and complete a degree level programme, 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 and other health related careers.

Access to HE Diploma (Social Sciences) - for law, probation, social work, youth work, careers working with vulnerable people and for social science degrees.

Access to HE Diploma (Education) - for primary and secondary teaching.

Access to HE Diploma (Sports Science) - for physiotherapy, sports science, sports psychology.

What can I expect?

The Access to HE course is a full-time course which runs over one year (September to May). Students should expect to be in College for 15 hours per week and to undertake 15 hours private study per week, therefore a 30 hour per week minimum commitment is required.

What will I learn?

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

Access to HE Diploma (Health) – Psychology, Biology, Sociology.

Access to HE Diploma (Social Sciences) – Psychology, Sociology, Law.

Access to HE Diploma (Education) – Childhood Studies, Education Theory, Education Practice.

Access to HE Diploma (Sports Science) - Sports Psychology, Bio Mechanics, Motivation and Leadership.

How can I get on to the course?

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

Step 2 – Attend the introductory assessment session, bringing with you all qualifications that you currently hold.

Step 3 – Enrol on to a Return to Learn course (whole course is 15 hours).

Step 4 – If you successfully complete the Return to Learn course you will be invited to progress on to the Access to HE course.

What qualifications do I need?

GCSE English or maths at Grade C or above. However, if you don’t have these qualifications you can join our Level 2 course where you will study for both GCSEs and gain some academic writing skills.  If you feel that a lack of qualifications is holding you back, we can help!


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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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