Access to Higher Education (HE) prepares adults (aged 19+) without traditional qualifications such as A Levels for study at University or other higher education programmes. This diploma is widely recognised by UK Universities and Colleges. You will be given the opportunity to develop not only academic knowledge in your chosen subjects but also broader study skills to help you succeed at university.
In this pathway at our Huntingdon Campus, you will study five main subject areas: Human biology, The Role of Healthcare Professionals, Psychology, Health Care Research Project and Sociology as well as a compulsory Study Skills course. A strongly supportive tutorial and study skills system also encourages the development of an independent and self-disciplined approach to learning as required for higher education. This includes regular group and one-to-one tutorials to set and review targets and ensure sufficient progress is made. Career advice provided by personal tutors and the College Careers officers focus predominantly on university application, registration with UCAS and completion of the application form, as well as assistance with personal statement writing and advice on a range of higher education courses.
You are advised to apply for this course between November 2021 to June 2022. Interviews start in February for this very popular course.
If you are aged between 19-23 and do not have a Level 3 qualification already, there will be no tuition costs. If you are aged 19-23 with a full Level 3 qualification or aged 24+, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay your Access course tuition fees (see http://www.camre.ac.uk/adult-learners/24plus-loans/). This loan may be written off, if you then go on to complete a Higher Education qualification. Please contact our Learner Futures Centre on 01223 226315 or email . You may also be eligible for financial support towards such costs as travel, equipment, books and childcare through the Advanced Learner loan bursary or 19+ bursary.
If you are applying as an International Student, please contact our International Centre via email or telephone 00 44 (0)1223 226317
You may feel that you have not yet fully achieved your potential in terms of your education. This programme offers the chance to develop the skills and knowledge to succeed and we have an excellent track record of student progression into university or other higher education courses. This course will enable to you to progress onto a broad variety of degree courses including Psychology and related Social Sciences Degrees; also Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Training and Operating Department Practice (ODP).
Degree courses often require students to have a particular number of credits in the science subjects so careful research is essential. In addition to the Access Diploma, GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 (some will accept alternative level 2 qualifications) are also a requirement. Some midwifery courses now require GCSE grade 4 (C) or above in a Science subject as well. Therefore, you are strongly advised to contact the universities you are interested in to check GCSE entry requirements prior to applying for Access.
You are strongly advised to contact the universities you are interested in to check GCSE entry requirements prior to applying for Access. You will need Level 2 Maths and English, e.g. GCSE Maths and English grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) as a minimum before applying for this course. This is because most degree courses now require at least Level 2 Maths and English in addition to the Access diploma. In addition, we recommend that you gain care work experience either paid or voluntary to support your application to HE as some courses are competitive.
Please research HE requirements very carefully. A STRONG COMMITMENT IS NEEDED AS THE COURSE IS VERY INTENSIVE.
Acceptance onto the Access programme is conditional on you:
• attending a Welcome event where you will be interviewed by a member of the team
• providing a satisfactory reference
• attending taster days: Monday 27th June to Tuesday 28th June 2022
Please note – face to face taster days will be subject to COVID restrictions. Alternative provision will be provided online if these cannot take place.
We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.
Assessment is by coursework and examination. The Access diploma consists of 60 credits, 45 of which are graded. Credits are awarded through assessment at the end of or during each module. These assessments may be written such as essays / research projects; oral e.g. presentations and there may are also be examinations.
The Access programme takes 35 weeks, starting at the beginning of September and finishing in late June the following year. In addition to timetabled classes, it is expected that students will complete at least 15 hours of further independent study per week.
You can apply through our online application form or download a copy from our website www.camre.ac.uk/apply. The application form can also be found in the back of our full-time prospectus. If you need any help with applying, please contact our Admissions Office at
Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a Welcome Event. At the Welcome Event you may meet the tutors and get the chance to learn more about college and your course. You will also have a discussion with one of our tutors who will look to make you a formal offer for September.