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A-Level Results Day – Thursday 17th August 2023

We have put together a helpful guide to alternative options to study at CRC! Below you’ll find information about Access to HE Diplomas and our Higher Education courses.

Higher Education (HE)

Studying a Higher National Diploma is an alternative to going to university, but can still lead to gaining a full degree. Our specialist well-respected range of Higher Education courses are vocationally-led to prepare students for employment and sensitively time-tabled to include adults who may still need to work part-time.

How it works?
Study a Higher National Certificate (HNC), then a Higher National Diploma (HND) each course takes 1 year to complete. Then continue to a Top-Up Degree at university (entering at year 3) to finish your studies.

Why study at CRC?

  • Small class sizes, resulting in more communication on a 1-1 basis with your tutor.
  • CRC work closely with local employers to ensure that their involvement will add to your skills base and thereby enhance your future employment opportunities.
  • Combine college-based tuition with e-learning, giving you the opportunity to work while you study
  • Stay Local, and studying in central Cambridge
  • CRC have established close links with local and regional universities, which allows many of our HE students to progress to university and extend their qualifications to BA and BSc.

Our BTEC Higher National courses are highly valued by employers looking for skilled and motivated employees. We work closely with local employers to ensure that their involvement will add to your skills base and thereby enhance your future employment opportunities. CRC offer the following Higher National Certificates:

Access to Higher Education

With an Access to HE Diploma, you could earn a maximum of 144 UCAS points – which is the same as getting 3 As at A level. These courses last 1 year which prepare you to study at univeristy, but these courses are very intense, so a strong willingness to learn is vital. Access HE Diplomas are accepted at a lot of universities around the country, and many students who study an Access to HE Diploma at CRC, go onto to complete a degree at university.

Why Study an Access to HE Diploma at CRC?

  • Widely accepted by UK universities.
  • A lot of universities actively seek applications from Access to HE learners due to their broader academic study skills and life experiences.
  • Develop your skills, subject knowledge, and confidence in a supportive and encouraging environment.
  • Study a broad range of courses at our Cambridge campus
  • Most courses are planned over 3 days per week to allow time for part-time work if needed.
  • All courses take one year.

CRC offer a wide range of different Access to HE Diplomas, which can lead you to study a wide range of undergraduate degrees at university.

  • Access to HE (Business) can lead to studing the following undergraduate courses: Accounting & Finance, Business Management, Economics, International Business, Marketing, Tourism Management and many others.
  • Access to HE (Health & Social Care) can lead to studing the following undergraduate courses:  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.
  • Access to HE (Health Professions) can lead to studying the following undergraduate courses: Psychology and related Social Sciences Degrees; also Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Training and Operating Department Practice (ODP).
  • Access to HE (Humanities & Social Sciences) can lead to studying the following undergraduate courses: Journalism, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, History & Events Management.
  • Access to HE (Science) can lead to studying the following undergraduate courses: Veterinary Medicine, Zoology, Marine Biology, Biochemistry, Dietetics, Astrophysics.

Higher Education Funding Options

If you are studying a Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas or Foundation Degree you may be eligible for the Higher Education Bursary. This bursary may be able to support you with Childcare costs, Essential Kit or Book costs and Transport/Travel costs.
To apply please click the following link https://camre.paymystudent.com/portal/

Higher Education Tuition Fee Loan
You can apply to Student Finance England for a Tuition Fee Loan. You can do this even if you have not had your place on the course confirmed. You can apply online directly with Student Finance England here.

Access to HE Diploma Funding Options

  • Some students may be eligible for local education budget funding, meaning that you will not need to pay tuition fees. 
  • Some students are eligible to take out an Advanced Learner Loan – this is then currently written off if you go on to complete a Higher Education qualification. 

    Find out more here

Upcoming Open Days

Visit one of our open days to tour the facilities and meet our tutors; click on the date you’d like to attend to book a place.

How to Apply

Apply through our website by following the steps here. Or through UCAS here.

Not sure what to do next? Visit our Advice Cafe on Results Day!

For information, advice and guidence, our Advice Cafe is open on reuslts day for anyone needing help with their reuslts and what to do next. Our Advice Cafes are able to help students & prospective students looking to enrol on a course or change courses. They can also guide with changing career direction particularly following results day. Come along to our Cambridge Campus between 9:30 am- 4:00 pm to speak to the team.

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