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About Access to Higher Education Diplomas

Access to Higher Education Diplomas offer a way into University through specialised study. People without qualifications can use these as a stepping stone to University.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas

An Access to Higher Education Diploma course enables you to lay a solid foundation of knowledge across a broad subject range, the qualification is intended to act as a stepping stone to your eventual enrollment at a UK university on your chosen degree programme.

Funded courses that have an added bonus

These courses attract 19+ Advanced Learner Loan funding. If you succeed in completing your course and go on to get a university degree, you don’t have to pay back the loan for your Access to Higher Education course.

Choose the subject you want to study at university

We offer Access to Higher Education Diplomas in these areas: Health, Social Work, Education, Science, Social Science, Social Science & Humanities as well as Medicine & Healthcare professionals. The subject areas contain pathways, so you can choose the pathway that best meets your chosen university’s entry criteria.

Check the pathway is right with your target university

For example, an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health studies could enable you to study for a degree in Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy but not necessarily at every university.

All universities and colleges have specific entry requirements for each of the Access to HE Diplomas that they accept for each of their degree courses. It’s very important that you check what these are, as this could affect whether or not you will be accepted at your first choice of university.

Cost?

How much will this course cost?

The cost of your Access to Higher Education Diploma...

These costs depend on the payment method you choose and if you go on to Higher Education and get a degree. Paying course fees up front costs less than if you pay in instalments over a longer period. All our Access to Higher Education Diploma attract 19+ Advanced Learner Loan funding, this has no upward age limit or means testing. This is a government backed loan that covers your course fees, that you only pay back when you are earning over £21,000 per year. If you don’t earn this then you don’t pay it back. If you go on to Higher Education and successfully complete your degree at University, you do NOT have to pay back the Advanced Learner Loan that you took out to pay for your Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Take a look at the Access to Higher Education Diplomas to see which pathway interests you >

Uni?

Can I go to University after this?

Yes you can go to University after this if...

  • You successfully complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma of your choice, and,
  • you later apply to enrol on a degree course that relates to the Access to Higher Education qualification that you have achieved, and,
  • you have checked that the admissions department of your chosen university accepts people with the qualification you intend to take*

* University admissions policies vary across the UK, so it is always worth contacting your chosen university to ensure that your pathway will lead to the degree you want to study.

Take a look at the Access to Higher Education Diplomas to see which pathway interests you >

Who?

Who enrols on this kind of course, are they popular?

Not everyone gets the A-Levels of GCSEs they need to go on to Higher Education, and many people find that the choices they made at school are not relevant to the career path they now want to take. So this is a very popular way of getting a qualification that leads to enrolling on a university degree course. Over 20,000 people every year successfully achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma and go on to study at universities across the UK.

Take a look at the Access to Higher Education Dipomas to see which pathway interests you >

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