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Access to Higher Education and Employment

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If you want to go to university, but don’t have the usual qualifications such as A Levels, or you are returning to education after a break, then an Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma could be perfect for you! The Access to HE Diploma is widely accepted by universities as an appropriate entry qualification for most undergraduate courses and future employment.

The entry criteria for September 2017 entry is GCSE English Language and Maths A*-C (or 9 to 4 in the new specifications). If you do not meet the entry criteria but are interested in taking an Access to HE programme we may be able to offer you a Pre-Access programme. This allows students to study three GCSEs: English Language, Maths and Sociology and will prepare you for the Access to HE course.

Please be aware that most universities require GCSE English Language and Maths at grade A*-C (or 9 to 4 in the new specifications) for entry. Additionally, GCSE Science is often required for Primary Education courses.

If you’re aged 19-23 and it’s your first full Level 3 course, an Access to HE Diploma could be free. Alternatively, Advanced Learner Loans are now available to help cover the cost of returning to education. If you then progress to complete a Student Finance England-funded HE course, you will not have to pay back your Advanced Learner Loan.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is approved by the Quality Assurance Agency, QAA.

Our partner college, ncn, also offers Access courses and you can view these here. Find out more about the merger with ncn.

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Access to Higher Education and Employment: Nursing and Midwifery

If you’re looking for a career in nursing, midwifery or other related healthcare occupations and want a bridging course to get onto a university-level programme, this course can get you there.

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Access to Higher Education and Employment: Science

If you have a passion for science but not the formal qualifications to get onto a university-level course in sciences or health sciences, this course will provide the bridge you need.

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Social Science and Humanities (incorporating Modern Social History)

If you want to pursue a career in social work, health and social care, youth work, social policy or education, taking this course will put you on the right track to go into higher education and then on to a…

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Social Sciences (incorporating Social Work)

If you would like to pursue a career in social work, health and social care, the criminal justice system or youth work but lack formal qualifications, this course provides a route touniversity-level courses and employment.

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