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Gaining the qualification you need to get into university

If you are aged 19+* and are considering a second chance at education, then this is the course for you. We have various pathways available for you to go into your chosen degree course at university in order to achieve your dream career.

Help with finances

Don't be put off by the cost of the course, as an Advanced Learning Loan is open to anyone aged over 19 studying a Level 3 or above qualification, is not means tested or subject to credit checks. If you successfully complete your Access to HE course, progress onto and complete a degree, you do not have to pay back your Advanced Learning Loan.

If you're aged 19-23 and studying your first full-time Level 3 programme your course will be completely free.

NHS Learning Support Fund

If you're thinking of a career in healthcare, starting in September 2021, all students studying nursing, paramedics, occupational therapy, midwifery and other allied health professional students may be eligible for a training grant of at least £5000 a year which they will not need to pay back to help cover study costs. For more information click here.

Which pathway is for you?

  • Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals) - nationally accepted at universities for courses such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, paramedics, dental work, ODP, and many more health related careers.
  • Access to HE Diploma (Science) - nationally accepted at universities for courses such as biology, chemistry, environmental science, pharmacy, chiropractic science, radiotherapy, biomedical science, biochemistry, microbiology and other science related degrees.
  • Access to HE Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) - nationally accepted at universities for courses such as counselling, teaching, psychology, law, history, social work, social policy, english, geography and many more.
  • Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) - nationally accepted at universities for courses such as social work, education, psychology, forensic psychology, social policy, history, geography, English, law and other non-science degrees.

What can I expect?

The Access to HE course is a course which runs over one year (September to May). Students should expect to be in College for 15 hours per week over 3 days and to undertake 15 hours private study per week.

There may be an option to study some of the pathways on a part-time basis (subject to demand). If we are able to offer the pathways on a part-time basis you will study over 2 years and students should expect to be in College for 7.5 hours per week.

What will I learn?

All students will study at least three subject modules at Level 3 relevant to their chosen progression route and study skills (preparing for higher education).

If you have further queries

For further information please email for Stafford or for Newcastle.

I left college at 18 to start working but after a few years I realised that I wanted a meaningful career. I wanted to go to university and I knew coming back to college would help me get there. The Access to HE Diploma is a huge commitment and there is a lot of independent study time in addition to the time at college but the tutors are very supportive. The biggest reward for me was being accepted at Keele University to study a degree in Psychology.

Sophie Yeomans, Access to HE Diploma (Health)

*18 year olds may be eligible depending on work experience and qualifications - please enquire for further information.