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Chinese Student Huiyuan gave many thanks to CRC Access to Business Programme

Our Access to Business student Huiyuan Liu has successfully progressed to Manchester University and just revisited us recently. She gave many thanks to the teachers of this course in this video. Click here to find more information about our Access to Business course, #WeAreCRCInternational

Posted by Cambridge Regional College International Centre on Thursday, 14 February 2019

At Cambridge Regional College we offer the University Foundation – Access to HE programme, a high-quality intensive course that prepares students for Higher Education in the UK. We offer three different pathways which are Business, Humanities, and Science. You can start the course in August or in January (Business pathway only).

The University Foundation – Access to HE programme is an intensive course that prepares students for studying at a wide range of universities in the UK. The total length of study is one academic year or 7 months (only Business pathway). Upon successful completion of the course students will receive a Cambridge Regional College Certificate as well as an externally recognised qualification: Access to HE diploma awarded by Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA).

Click this link to find the differences between our foundation programme, A Level and BTEC courses.

University Foundation Programmes are designed for students whose school leaving qualifications, possibly from another country, will not allow them to progress directly onto a British university degree programme. For example, if you have only completed 12 years of school education, it is likely that you will need to complete a University Foundation Programme before you can apply to university.


This programme is for students who are seeking to follow a Higher Education Degree in Business related degrees, Economics, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, International Trade and Management. Students study subjects include Marketing, Management, Statistics as well as preparation for Higher Education such as Academic Writing and Examination Techniques. Click here to find more details including tuition fee of this course.


This programme is for students who are seeking to follow a Higher Education Degree in Engineering, Science or Health and Biomedical Fields. Students study three from: Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics, as well as a Study Skills unit. Academic English and Preparation for Higher Education are also included.


This programme is for those students who are seeking to follow a Higher Education Degree in a range of subjects including English, History, Law and Sociology. Students study: English, History, Sociology, Academic English and Preparation for Higher Education.

Access to HE programme – It is a high quality university preparation programme that offers students a good experience of study in a UK college environment. The programme is externally validated. In order to obtain the full diploma, you have to complete all of your assignments successfully. You will enjoy the following during your study:

  • A minimum of 24 study hours per week
  • Personal tutorial throughout the programme
  • Experienced lecturers and course tutors.
  • Modern teaching facilities
  • Access to a wide range of college facilities and enrichment activities
  • Guidance on HE progression
  • A range of university visits, HE talks and fairs

Over 17 years old

High school certificate with average academic grades over 70% or equivalent
IELTS: 5.0 (for Business pathway) or equivalent.
IELTS: 5.5 (for Science and Humanities pathways) or equivalent.
Some qualifications may not be recognised by the UKVI if you need to obtain visa in order to come and study in the UK ( e.g. GCSEs).

It is a full time course.

August to June

January to July (only Business pathway)

The course takes place at Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2QT. Look on the college website for maps and information about our facilities.

It is our intention that the maximum class size be 15. However, at the start of a course it may be the case there are up to 16 students enrolled.

You can apply online by clicking on the button below. Prospective candidates will be assessed initially through their application form and then with an interview face-to-face or via Skype. The purpose of the interview is both for tutors to assess your suitability for the course and also to give you the opportunity to find out more about the commitment you are taking on.


“My teachers were very responsible, as they tried their best to help each and every one of the students.”


Online Application Form


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