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Thinking about returning to education?

Looking for a change in career or progress at work? Not been in a classroom for years? An Access to HE course is for you.

Access to Higher Education Forensic ScienceAccess to HE Diplomas are designed specifically for adults looking to study a Higher Education course but who may not have the relevant formal entry qualifications.  So if you’re changing direction in your career or getting back into education after family commitments, the Access to HE Diploma is the perfect qualification to get you on the right road to Higher Education.

By taking an Access to HE Diploma you’ll get a thorough introduction to the demanding environment of Higher Education learning. We appreciate that you have been out of education for a while and that getting back into the classroom can be a daunting task. The courses are intense and you will need to allow time to continue your studies outside of your college hours. However if you have the determination and commitment to achieve your goals, you can be sure we will help you get there.

Richard Deacon Access to Humanities University graduationI cannot praise The College and its staff highly enough. Their commitment to teaching and preparing me for university was excellent, and undoubtedly gave me a head start. I knew what to expect and how to deal with university life.
After the Access course I went on to study my BSc and MSc at the University of Southampton. This September I start a Doctoral program at The School of Maritime and Engineering Excellence, fully funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Jaguar Landrover. 
The Access to Humanities course was, without question, the best start I could have had, and I would unreservedly recommend it to anyone considering going to university. 
Richard Deacon - Former Access to Humanities student

We also offer a Pre-Access (Return to Study) course which helps you to brush up your skills before joining an Access programme. This is also designed to boost your self-confidence and empower you to get back into the classroom.

Find out which Access to HE courses we offer

Download an Access to HE application form



An important note about maths and English:
As a standard entry requirement, universities will often now require you to have a full GCSE at grade C or above in English and maths, rather than other Level 2 equivalences before you study with them.  This is not part of the Access to HE Diploma.  It is up to you to contact the universities where you intend to study to check exactly what they need from you.

Course Validation:

Our Access to HE Diplomas are validated by The Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA). CAVA is licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).