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.
The 2017-2018 Access to Higher Education (HE) statistics show that:
Despite many students having left school without qualifications needed to enter Higher Education, 26% of Access students left university with a First Class Degree last year.
- 23,295 Access students were offered university places for September 2018 - 25.6% of Access students graduating in 2018 achieved a First (compared with the UK average of 26.4%)
Julie Mizon, manager of the Access programme for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) says:
“Access students demonstrate the learning gain that can be achieved through grit, determination and a commitment to succeed, matching the average university student almost grade for grade”
What can I study?
We offer 5 Access pathways:
We also offer distance learning options in Access to HE Health Professionals and Social Sciences (Criminology). These are perfect if you’ve been out of education for an extended period and have other time constraints. What’s more, you can begin working on your course from the moment of enrolment, whether that is in September or at any other point during the year. What does this mean? Within just six to 12 months, studying on-line and at a time and place that suits, we'll prepare you for study at university as well as your journey to your new career. If you’re worried our fees will hold you back, this qualification is eligible for the Government’s Advanced Learner Loan. If you have any questions about this course specifically, contact Paula on 01793 732892 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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