International Access to University

International Access to University

Designed specifically for International Students

Preparation programme for university entry

The main purpose of this programme is to enable you to gain direct progression to the first year of an undergraduate programme at a UK university.

Starts: September – Ends: June

Venue: Bournemouth or Poole (depending on the pathway selected)

Duration: One academic year

Study hours: 15-25 hours per week

Course level: RQF3

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma

Awarding body: CAVA (Cambridge Access Validating Agency)

Entry & visa requirements

  • 17 years plus. 2 or 3 years of high school/senior secondary school with good grades in the relevant subjects (GCSE equivalent level); please ask for the specific entry requirements for your country. UKVI Academic IELTS score 5.0 minimum (with minimum 5.0 in reading and writing).
  • Student Route visa (previously known as Tier 4)

Download the programme leaflet (PDF)


Choose from Humanities, Media, Computing, Science

Assessment method

Each module is assessed by assignments, examinations, written coursework, projects, presentations or by a combination of these.


This diploma is accepted by most UK universities. Typical progression routes include Bath, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, CASS, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Lancaster, Loughborough, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes, Southampton, UCL, Westminster and York.

Four pathways

Specialist subjects

• Higher Education Study Skills
• Law
• Criminology
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Critical Thinking
• Academic English & IELTS


Criminology, Psychology, Law, Primary School Teaching, Sociology, Social Care or Social Policy. Business, Accounts, Finance and Economics, Advertising and Marketing

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Specialist subjects

• Higher Education Study Skills
• Film Studies
• Audio Production
• Moving Image & Digital Film Production
• Photography
• Graphics


Film Production, Photography, Animation, VFX, Illustration, Media Studies, TV and Broadcasting, Film and TV, 3D Visualisation and Scriptwriting

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Specialist subjects

• Higher Education Study Skills
• Understanding E-commerce
• Computer Science Basics
• Introduction to Web Technologies
• Introduction to Systems Analysis
• Computer Networks
• Databases
• Introduction to Java Programming


E-commerce, Computer Programming, Systems Analysis, Data Security, Business Intelligence Analysis, Network Architecture and Computer Generated Imagery

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Specialist subjects

• Biology
• Chemistry
• Environmental & Earth Sciences
• Physics
• Psychology
• Higher Maths


Physiotherapy, Medical Sciences, Psychology, Dietetics, Osteopathy, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Aerospace Engineering and Biosciences, Environmental Health, Marine Biology and Ecology

» Read more at The College website

Benefits of the course

Z  A multi-progression pathway: Enjoy the flexibility of choosing from up to 5 universities.

Z  Study with the experts: Get the maximum from your experienced lecturers and course tutors.

Z  UCAS guidance: Receive guidance with UCAS applications and progression routes through personal tutor support and university placement advice. Discover your progression opportunities through workshops and fairs with university representatives, university tours and day trips to major cities such as London and Bath.