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If you're aged 19 or over (24 or over if your course begins before 1 August 2016) and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 (Level 3 or 4 only if your course begins before 1 August 2016) Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

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Access to Higher Education Diploma – Engineering, Science and Maths

About the course

This Engineering, Science and Maths pathway provides a wide knowledge and understanding of the underpinning skills and knowledge required within the Engineering sector. It will prepare you for study on any Engineering related university course.


3/4 days a week 9.30am to 3.00pm

Entry requirements

Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths (or working towards).
We will consider exceptions to this requirement, subject to any other qualifications or evidence of the required competencies.

How much does it cost?

Fees apply to this course. If you're aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

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Why study?

The Access diploma will give you a solid grounding for when you commence your university degree, (BA, BSc), Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma.

There will be a range of speakers including local employers and representatives of IMechE.

86% of Access students last year progressed on to University.

90% of level 2 students secured an apprenticeship in engineering and progressed onto level 3.

New Advanced Manufacturing Centre – December 2016 will see the opening of Harlow College's Advanced Manufacturing Centre which will house some of the most up to date manufacturing equipment, from rapid prototyping 3D printing, advanced 5 axis CNC programming and machining and the very latest aircraft and operational maintenance methods and techniques.

Where will this course take me?

On successful completion of this course you could progress to studying a Degree (BA, BSc), Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma.

Possible Careers

Engineering Technical Support Technician
Computer Aided Design draughtsperson
Advanced CNC Machine Setter and Programmer
Quality Control Engineer
Machine Tool Machinist

Employers we have strong links with:

Smiths (Harlow)

BTL Precision

Beard & Fitch

Stansted Airport




Kearsley Airways


Core modules

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Computer Programming
  • Spreadsheets
  • Complex Numbers
  • Research Project – Methodology
  • Algebra
  • Matrices
  • Series
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Calculus: Differentiation
  • Calculus: Integration
  • Dynamics:Kinematics
  • Engineering Structures
  • Logs and Functions
  • Statics and Trigonometry

How will I be assessed?

Various, including:

  • Essay
  • Report
  • Presentations
  • Chart analysis
  • Use of software
  • Discussion
  • Exams

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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