Access to Higher Education


Dreaming of studying a degree, Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D) or Higher Apprenticeship but not got the qualifications you need? We have a range of Access to Higher Education (HE) Diplomas which can help you get there.

Designed for adults looking to return to education, these courses are ideal for those looking for a career change, or those who have a wealth of industry experience but are looking to gain an official qualification to recognise their skills and knowledge.

An Access to HE Diploma will give you a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification to help you meet the entry requirements for university. Studying an Access to HE Diploma makes the same academic demands as an equivalent Level 3 qualification.

We offer a range of Level 3 Access to HE Diplomas, including Art and Design, Business, Childcare, Creative Digital Skills, Health, Criminal Justice and Policing and Humanities and Social Science. We also offer some Pre-Access courses at Level 2 in Health, Childcare and Education.

If eligible, you could take out an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your Access to HE Diploma and the good news is that this loan will be written off if you go on to successfully complete a HE course, for example, a degree.

See the details of our Access to HE Diplomas.

If you want to join us, but can’t commit to studying on campus, we offer a range of courses, including Access to HE Diplomas, that can be studied online and at your own pace. Take a look at the full list of courses that are available to study in the comfort of your own home.

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Find out more

Find out more about our access courses at our Higher Education Open Days or check out our FAQs page for more information.

Last updated: 7th October 2022