Access courses provide a route to degree level study for those who do not currently have the right qualifications to enter university level courses. Studying one of these courses will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to progress to university, employment or further training.

Available Courses

Level 3 Access to Higher Education

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: All applicants will require a GCSE Grade C and above in English, Maths and Science, and a knowledge of the universities and courses for which they would like to progress on to.
  • Details: Access to HE courses are a well-established set of qualifications designed for people who do not have the qualifications to enter a university level course but who do have life experience and a willingness to learn. Access to HE is an intensive course offered over a single year on a part-time basis as an alternative way to university for people who have not had the opportunity to achieve the entry requirements necessary during their earlier education. Many students who complete an Access to HE course progress on to local universities completing courses that lead to nursing, midwifery, social work, education and radiography.
    Content: The course comprises a number of mandatory units which include study skills, maths and IT as well as a number of specialist units. The specialist units relate to the final title of the Access to HE Diploma and might include subjects such as biology, psychology, sociology, education, sport and chemistry. The workload on the Access to HE course is high and it is essential learners are fully prepared for this intense way to study. During the course you will be supported to apply to universities using the UCAS application process. This happens at the end of your first term. Universities will process your application and if they offer you a place this will be based upon successful completion of your Access to HE course. It is increasingly common for universities to require specific grade requirements for units studied on the course. As part of the course you will also be expected to undertake regular work experience or volunteering to enhance your suitability for a university course.
  • Assessment: You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, assessments, reports, presentations and practical assessments. There will also be the opportunity to undertake a research project.
  • Progression: This course is structured in such a way as to enable students to apply for university courses. Applicants are required to carry out their own research into the specific entry requirements for their chosen university courses prior to application.
  • Considerations: Most university courses will expect you to have GCSE English and Maths at C grade or above and some also require GCSE Science. It will also be possible for some students to gain their work experience at the college in the NHS Leg Care Centre.
  • Important information: If you take out a loan for QAA Access to HE Diploma and progress to HE, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance of your first loan, once you complete your HE qualification.
  • Fees: £3,384 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Funding Information

Applying for a course that has a concession?

Then the course could be free! Some courses are eligible for funding if you are an unemployed individual, on a state benefit* and you want to enter employment and need the skills from one of our funded courses to achieve this.

* (Income Support (universal credit), Job Seekers, ESA contribution Based, ESA work related activity group. Includes SFA funded courses only. You must be aged 19-23 on 31 August 2014. You must produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you enrol. Concessions do not apply to higher education courses.

Full details regarding funding and eligibility will be provided upon application.

How do I find out what the fee for my course is?

The fee for your chosen course is listed in the individual course sections accessed on this page. It includes the cost of tuition plus the cost of any exam and registration fee charged by the exam board (if applicable).

Are there any other costs I may have to pay?

Some courses may require you to pay extra costs for things such as course books, trips, and specialist equipment or clothing. If your course has any additional costs, you will be notified before enrolment. You can also contact the College on call 01329 815 200 to find out more.

I’m an international student – are my course fees different?

If you have not been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for more than three years before the start of your course (excluding any time spent in full-time education), different course fees may apply to you – please call 01329 815 200 to find out more.

My employer is funding my course – what do I need to do?

You will need to complete an Employer Authorisation form, and return to the Enrolments team, and your employer will be invoiced accordingly.

How do I pay for my course?

You can pay by cash, cheque, credit or debit card. And for courses over £500 we offer a payment by instalment service to help spread the cost of your course. A £250 minimum deposit is required if you choose to pay by instalments. Please contact the College for more information.

For further assistance or to speak to an adviser please call

01329 815 200

Please note, Part Time course fees are annualised and, unless otherwise stated, apply to each year of your course.