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An Access to Higher Education Diploma will help you develop the study skills and academic knowledge to progress onto a degree level course.

It might be for you if:

  • You don’t the qualifications needed to go straight in to your chosen university degree
  • You have been out of education for a while
  • You would eventually like to study a course at university

Check out our ‘Why do an Access Course’ Leaflet

Why study an Access to HE Diploma?

  • Most courses are designed to fit in with childcare or there are alternative options for study in the evening.
  • Most courses are planned over 3 days per week to allow time for part-time work if needed.
  • All courses take one year.
  • Study a broad range of courses at our Cambridge campus
  • Around 40,000 people a year in the UK study an Access to Higher Education Diploma to allow them to progress to further study. A diverse range of people study Access to HE Diplomas and there is no upper age limit.
  • 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.
  • Gain a chance to change your career or progress at work.
  • Get into university.

Watch Dr Helen West (Head of Access to Higher Education) give an introduction to the course here.

Worried about the costs?

  • Aged 19-23 and don’t have full Level 3 qualifications such as A levels: You could be eligible to have your tuition fees fully funded.
  • Aged 19-23 and have prior qualifications or over 24: you may be eligible for an Adult learner loan- this is currently written off once you complete your degree.

Hilary Slack

Access to HE Diploma (Humanities)

“I would like to thank Debbie, Simon and Julie for setting me on this path, if they hadn’t had faith in me during the early stages I would not be here now.”

Patrick Hamilton

access to HE DIPloma (social work)

“If you are thinking of returning to education, go for it. There are many reasons not to do something, most of which can be overcome.”

Vicky Gois

Access to HE Diploma (nursing)

“The support was helpful and provided me with a way to address my worries and frustrations. The tutors were nothing less than exceptional and I truly believe that I would not have completed this course without them.

You can find more case studies and success stories at the bottom of this page. We have a range of courses that are available to study both full-time and part-time, you can explore these below.

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