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Access to Higher Education

The Access to Higher Education diplomas are well established qualifications that can prepare adult students for higher-level study at university or college. They are designed for individuals who would like to study for a higher education qualification but perhaps don’t have the formal qualifications, wish to change career, or need to develop their study skills.

To achieve an Access to HE Diploma, you will complete a programme of study which includes theoretical input and study skills. You will learn how to approach study and gain knowledge on the different techniques needed to be a successful student. The courses are designed to ensure that you are thoroughly equipped for higher education.

Which Access course is right for you?

Who can apply?

  • These courses are for students aged 19 and over
  • You will need GCSE English language or maths at grade 4/C or above

Find out how to apply!

Your free pathway to higher education

If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3 qualification or above, you may be eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. You will not be required to pay back the Advanced Learner Loan if you successfully progress and complete a higher education programme. Find out more about fees for Access courses, and the Advanced Learner Loan.