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Don't have the qualifications needed for university? Here's your chance. If you're an adult learner an Access course gives you the opportunity to get the qualifications you need to get back to work, start a new career or update your study experience. Many of our Access students are now pursuing new careers and making changes to their lives they never thought possible.

Access to HE FAQs

What is an Access to Higher Education course?

An Access to Higher Education course is a 1 year pre-university course that prepares adults for study at university. It has been designed to give you relevant academic subject knowledge and the opportunity to learn how to approach study at university-level and develop techniques to help you succeed. This course is ideal if you have been out of education for a while, planning a career change or want to upskill in your current job. A typical Access course is 2-3 days a week, 9.30am-3pm and is taken by students of all ages and backgrounds.

What qualification do I achieve?

Upon successful completion of your Access to Higher Education course you will receive a Level 3 Diploma and will be ready to progress onto an undergraduate degree or further study.

How much does an Access course cost?

The cost of our Access to Higher Education Courses are £3,384. Prices of Access to Higher Education courses vary depending on the College or provider. 

The majority of our Access students pay for their course using a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. You can find out more about Advanced Learner Loans here. Your Advanced Learner Loan is ‘written off’ once you complete a Higher Education course.

Don’t just take our word for it!

Amy, 33 and from Ongar, studied the Access to Nursing, Midwifery & Health Studies and is now off to the University of Hertfordshire to study Nursing.

“The encouragement and support we had as a class gave me the push I needed, it was lovely. I was working full-time and I have two children, so at first I wasn't sure if I could fit everything in, but I tried to do as much as I could in my free time. I worked on my assignments in the evenings and I was lucky enough to have support from family.

From talking to people who are at Uni and have done the Access course, it helps so much. I don't think I would feel as confident going into year one without doing the Access course. It prepares you well. It’s given me a good step forward for year one of University.”

Construction & The Built Environment – Access to Higher Education

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On this course you will learn a range of practical and technical skills, develop your knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of civil engineering and receive a thorough overview of the built environment. If you aspire to be a Quantity Surveyor, Architect or Project Manager this is an ideal course for you. You will study a number of topics essential to a career in the civil engineering sector, including construction technology and design, engineering maths, sustainability, computer aided design (CAD) and health and safety.

Beyond industry-specific learning, the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma will equip you with educational skills and study tools to support your progression to Higher Education and university. These skills include report writing, research, essay writing, communication skills, word processing and examination techniques.

Medicine – Access to Higher Education Diploma

Subject Descriptor CompliantAccess to Medicine is an intensive science‐based one year full time course tailored to the requirements of a medical degree, designed to provide an alternative route for non-traditional students into medical training.

It is a course for mature students who, having achieved in other areas, now wish to retrain as doctors. These include:

  • those with experience in other health-related professions
  • those whose initial career choice has proved unsatisfying and who wish to change their field of employment to the health care sector
  • those who have previously studied in higher education, but whose studies did not constitute a suitable preparation for medical training

What is an Access to Higher Education course? 

An Access to Higher Education course is a 1 year pre-university course that prepares adults for study at university. This course is ideal if you have been out of education for a while, planning a career change or upskill in your current job. A typical Access course is 2-3 days a week, 9.30am-3pm and are taken by students of all ages and backgrounds.

Nursing, Midwifery & Health Studies – Access to Higher Education Diploma

Get on the fast track to a professional career in nursing, midwifery or other supporting health-based practices. If you want to go to university but don't yet have the necessary qualifications this course is for you.  

What is an Access to Higher Education course? 

An Access to Higher Education course is a 1 year pre-university course that prepares adults for study at university. This course is ideal if you have been out of education for a while, planning a career change or upskill in your current job. A typical Access course is 2-3 days a week, 9.30am-3pm and are taken by students of all ages and backgrounds.