Access to Higher Education

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

Designed for adults looking to return to education, these courses are ideal for people who have a lot of industry experience and are looking to gain an official qualification to recognise their skills and knowledge or, if you’re an adult, looking for a career change.

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 and our new online Access course, Criminal Justice and Policing. We also offer some Pre-Access course at Level 2 in Childcare and Health.

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.

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

Last updated: 25th March 2022