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Access to Higher Education.

There is a wide range of Access to Higher Education courses available if you would like to gain a degree-level qualification without having traditional qualifications

  • Business and Professional
  • Education
  • Health and Care
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Early years and childhood studies
  • Counselling and psychology
  • Teacher Training

… To name a few.

For more information, visit UCAS- who can help you to make choices about higher education and learning. Click here to learn more.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are a level 3 qualification which helps prepare learners for degree-level qualifications. Delivered over 1 academic year, they are for people aged 19 and over who don't have the qualifications to study for a degree level qualification.

Most training providers ask for applicants to have achieved a minimum GCSE grade C or above (4 or above) in Maths and English. In some instances, providers may ask for applicants to have achieved a GCSE grade C or above in Science as well.

However, if you have not achieved these requirements you can apply for a pre-access course to help you prepare for Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

If you require support in paying for your Access to Higher Education Diploma, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. If you then progress to university and successfully complete your degree, Student Finance England will write-off the balance that you owe.

Once you have completed an Access to Higher Education programme, you can apply for relevant degree-level qualifications at university or your local college.