Access to Higher Education
Our Access to Higher Education programme is specially designed to meet the needs of adult students (aged 19 and over) wishing to return to education so that they can progress into university. The dynamic courses aim to refresh and extend knowledge, skills and confidence.
Full-time courses take one year; part-time one year evening Access programmes are available for Social Work and Nursing. We are a member of CAVA – Cambridge Access Validating Agency – which validates our Access to Higher Education Diplomas.
To APPLY for a full-time or part-time Access to HE course, click here.
“The teaching and support is outstanding.”
Business Studies and Economics pathway
Study Marketing, Management, Statistics as well as preparation for Higher Education such as Writing and Examination Techniques. Former students on the programme have progressed onto a wide range of courses such as Economics, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, International Trade and Management at universities across the UK. Click here for more detailed course information.
Access to Humanities & Social Sciences
“I have learned so much here at CRC and it has prepared me for university so well. I have never really been seen as clever, but to know I am clever enough to get into Cambridge is amazing.” Read more about Jannah here.
Study English Literature, History and Sociology and progress to study a variety of Humanities, Arts, Political and Social Science subjects at degree level. Specific examples of degrees include Journalism, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, History and Events Management. Students wishing to study business-related or computing courses at university often take this Access pathway. Click here for more detailed course information.
Access to Nursing & Health Professions (day-time and evening courses available)
In this pathway, you will study Human Biology, Psychology and Sociology, as well as a compulsory Study Skills course. In addition to the compulsory Access subjects you will attend tutorial and have the opportunity to meet with your personal tutor on a one-to-one basis. Degree courses often require students to have, in addition to the Access Diploma, GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and some midwifery courses require GCSE grade C in Science as well. Click here for more detailed course information on. For evening course, please click here.
Access to Science
Study any three from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. This pathway also includes a compulsory science practical project which can be tailored to your chosen HE course and your interests (biological / cosmetic / environmental / pharmaceutical or physical, to name a few). Former students on the programme have progressed onto a wide range of courses such as zoology, marine biology, biochemistry, dietetics and physics at universities across the UK. Click here for more detailed course information.
Access to Social Work & Social Professions (day-time and evening courses available)
Study Sociology, Psychology and Criminology and progress to study on a variety of degree courses including Social Work, Social Policy, Youth Work and Social Sciences – often leading to careers in the Social Services, the Housing Sector, Employment Services, Health and Welfare Services and the Criminal Justice System. Social work degree courses often require students to have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above (some will accept alternative Level 2 qualifications). Click here for more detailed course information. For evening course, please click here.
“The Access course was very good, a real eye-opener. It gave me the confidence to face whatever was put in front of me and the skills I needed for university.”
“A year ago I had no self-confidence but the Access course changed my life. I feel that I can do anything now, and the world is suddenly full of opportunities.”
Ash Aqui, CAVA award-winner