Access to HE Study Programme
About this course

If you are aged 19 or over and are interested in improving your qualifications, taking a Higher Education course or pursuing a new career, then this is the course for you. Access courses are intended for adults who do not have A Levels or Level 3. The course enables you to prepare for, and gain entry to, degree and other Higher Education programmes.

You will need to be able to commit to at least 30 hours of study per week, in college and on your own. You should work no more than 15 hours per week, paid or voluntary work. You will be supported by a personal tutor throughout the course and will have 1:1 tutorials on a regular basis.

What will I learn?

We offer the following pathways:

  • Access to Health and Social Care
  • Access to Education
  • Access to Humanities
  • Access to Science
Entry requirements
  • A GCSE Grade C/Level 4 or above in English Language and Maths
  • GCSE Biology (if you want to go into teaching)

In addition to the above you must gain some relevant experience if you are intending to study for nursing, midwifery, teaching or social work as places for these courses are becoming more competitive at interview. For some teaching courses, experience in a school is a requirement of entry.

If you are considering an Access to Higher Education Course but do not currently meet the entry criteria, our Return to Learn course provides the opportunity to study towards GCSEs in English, Maths and Biology and gain entry to the Access course in September.

Study, assessment and qualifications

You will typically need to study an additional 10 hours each week out of class.

Additional costs and information

Books will need to be purchased. You may choose to buy some of the recommended texts, although some copies of relevant texts will be available in the library. Some students may qualify for financial assistance from the College's Learner Support Fund to offset some of these costs.

What could I do next?
  • Nursing, midwifery, teaching
  • BA/BSc in any subject e.g. English, History, Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry
  • Degree in Social Work