Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education

Discover … a new path to your future

Our Access to Higher Education courses are designed to give people who left school with few or no formal qualifications the confidence and skills to enable them to progress to degree or foundation degree level education.

You study over one year, covering core subjects like communications, study skills and IT, as well as having the choice between more specialist subjects:

The courses are studied over one year and include a choice of specialist subjects alongside core 'study skills' units to support your academic learning.

  • Health Studies & Social Work
  • Science & Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Social Science
  • Business Studies
  • Education

Access qualifications are nationally recognised as an equivalent to A Level qualifications.

After completing an Access to HE course many students go on to study on one of our Higher Education courses or take advantage of the strong links that we have with universities in the south west.

Advanced Learning Loans

If you are aged over 24, from April 2013 you will be able apply for a new 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to pay the tuition fees for Access to Higher Education courses. to the UK Government are introducing 24+ Advanced Learning Loans.

If you take out an Advanced Learning Loan to fund an Access to Higher Education Diploma, the value of the Loan will be written off once you complete the subsequent higher education course.