Part Time:

Level 3 Access to Higher Education

Course Details

Entry 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.


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.

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.


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.


Most university courses will expect you to have GCSE English and Maths at C grade or above and some also require GCSE Science.
Level 3 Course


One Year

Start Dates

Daytime: 10.09.2019 – 30.07.2020
Tues & Thurs | 09:30 – 14:00

Evening: 10.09.2019 – 30.07.2020
Tues & Thurs | 17:30 – 21:00

Course Cost

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.
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

You may be eligible to receive fee remission or a loan for this course. Please contact our Enrolments Team on 01329 815 171 for more information or email them below.


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