• access to he 02
  • access to he 03
  • access to he 01

Overview

This course is designed for students who want to access university and have been away from studying for some time. It is the equivalent of three A Levels, completed in 9 months, making it a very intensive programme. You will study skills for learning, social science (sociology/psychology), health studies and biology.

‘Courses, such as the access to higher education programme, have been developed to match local healthcare sector needs.’ Ofsted, 2018

Course description

The course is assessed via a combination of coursework and controlled exams. Each subject offers 5 units, each unit is worth 3 credits. You will need 60 credits in order to pass the course. You are advised to contact universities prior to applying, to check that you will be considered for your chosen degree if you pass the diploma.

Most universities require evidence of 'recent study' which means you should be planning to go to university within the next year or two. You will attend weekly tutorials which are designed to assist with study skills, confidence building and applying for university.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to include a mixture of classroom-based and online learning.

What areas will I study?

You will take the following modules:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Health studies
  • Biology
  • Skills for learning

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 7 September 2020 Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) 7 September 2020 Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) 7 September 2020 Duration: 1 Academic year £3,266 1 Academic year You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ 7 September 2020 Duration: 1 Academic year £3,266 1 Academic year You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 7 September 2020 Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) 7 September 2020 Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) 7 September 2020 Duration: 2 Academic years £3,266 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ 7 September 2020 Duration: 2 Academic years £3,266 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 25 January 2021 Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) 25 January 2021 Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) 25 January 2021 Duration: 1 Academic year £3,266 1 Academic year You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ 25 January 2021 Duration: 1 Academic year £3,266 1 Academic year You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.