Access to Higher Education Diploma

Give yourself a fresh start and get back into education with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. 

Ideal for anyone needing the relevant level 3 qualifications to progress onto a degree-level course. Designed especially for mature students who have had a break from their studies (of 1 year or more), this qualification is generally accepted as an alternative to A-Levels and is combined with GCSEs.


What can I study?

We offer 4 Access pathways:


Am I ready to return to study?

If you are worried about returning to education, don’t be - you are not alone!  Your personal tutor will ease you into being a student and support you through the process.  Access students are usually very supportive of each other and often work together through online forums.

We offer a FREE Study Skills course to help you get back into the ways of studying and learning again.  After you apply, you will be invited to have an informal chat with our Access Co-ordinator or Liaison staff.  Everything about the course will be explained to you and you will have the opportunity to tell us about your goals, plans and any fears you may have. Subject choices can usually be tailored to suit your career goals.


How long will I have to study each week?

A full-time Level 3 Access programme will usually entail four mornings at college per week.  This needs to be matched with 3-4 hours per day personal study. Part-time options are available for some of the Access diplomas (contact us for further details - 0808 178 3871)


Entry Requirements
All students should have GCSE Maths or English Language grade A*-C. Minimum age is 19 years with at least a one year break from education.

If you don’t have the necessary qualifications to do an Access course consider our Preparation for Access course which will give you the necessary skills.


Paying for your Access Diploma with the Advanced Learner Loan
Advanced Learner Loans are for people aged 19 or over who want to complete a qualification course at level 3, 4, 5 or 6 (Including the Access to Higher Education Diploma). Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

You can apply for a loan from May 2018 to pay your tuition fees for courses starting from August 1st 2018. You will pay nothing back until you have finished your course and are earning over £25,000 per year.

Get your Access Diploma for free if you go on to complete a higher education course!*
Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you don’t have to repay it.
(The higher education course must be eligible for student finance.)


Questions? Contact our Access Team

Call: 01793 732826
Email: access@newcollege.ac.uk