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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: Teaching - Full-time

You’ll learn teaching, teaching techniques and practices, psychology and behaviour, as well as a number of units in study skills, maths and ICT.

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Social Sciences - Full-time

You’ll learn a broad range social sciences including psychology, sociology, demography, history and political science, plus English, writing and study skills and IT. 

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Photography - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want the techniques needed to take consistently high-quality photographs, as well as getting the skills and insight necessary for a career in the exciting world of photography or a related industry…

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Music Technology - Full-time

This course is perfect if you would like to develop a broad range of subject knowledge and understanding about the music industry, musical composition and recording skills and wishing to go on to study at degree level…

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Media and Digital Technologies - Full-time

You’ll learn a whole range of media and digital technologies and their application in the workplace, including digital photography, graphics, journalism and video production, plus writing and editing for TV and Film. 

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Games Design - Full-time

This course is perfect if you play games and want to learn how to make them. If gaming is your thing and you dream of creating the next best-selling game and seeing your name on the credits, this is the course for you…

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Art, Design and Fashion - Full-time

You’ll learn about a vast range of art related disciplines from fine art, graphics, fashion and textiles design, ceramics, photography, product design and interiors, illustration and animation.

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Life Sciences - Full-time

Learn about the core science subjects such as Biology and Chemistry in order to develop a good level of knowledge and understanding of the life sciences sector and the range of biomedical, biochemistry, healthcare or medical disciplines within the sector…

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Computing - Full-time

Learn about computer hardware and software, various operating systems and programming tools, website and app development, software design and about the complexities of cyber security, data protection and encryption.

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Law - Full-time

You’ll learn about contract law, criminal law, family and property law, employment law and the Tort law.

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Business - Full-time

Learn about the various functions and systems of a successful business including HR, marketing, leadership, finance and law.

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Nursing and Midwifery - Full-time

Learn human biology, human health and disease, biological systems such as cardiovascular, digestive and reproductive, mental health and wellbeing, health promotion and sociology and psychology of health.

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Access to Higher Education and Employment: Science - Full-time

You’ll learn across all three core science fields and develop a specialism in subject areas such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology,  Environmental Sciences and natural sciences.

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Social Science, Humanities and International Relations - Full-time

You’ll learn politics, current affairs and issues such as power, class, gender and race in contemporary society.

Access to Higher Education and Employment: Social Work - Full-time

You’ll learn key aspects of the social work profession relating to psychology, sociology, demography, law and legislation, human rights,the Mental Health Act and broad range of social policy.

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