Access to Higher Education Diplomas

Go to university with an Access to Higher Education Diploma!

Whether you missed out on college, want to change careers, or need a degree to go for a promotion, an Access to Higher Education Diploma will give you everything you need to apply to university. We’ll also support you with university applications. You even have the option to study at our own University Centre!

  • Courses last one year
  • A government loan can cover your tuition fees – and be written off once you complete a degree
  • You’ll finish feeling ready for university and fully-supported

 Higher Education: first degrees, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs), and foundation degrees.

“Considering I hadn’t studied since school, I was eased back into the classroom and everyone helped – nothing was too quick and the subjects weren’t rushed.”


Simon, now studying Paediatric Nursing at London South Bank

You could be studying:

  • Allied Health Professions
  • Art, Design and Photography
  • Business
  • Business with English
  • Childhood Studies
  • Construction
  • Engineering Science
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sports Studies

Read more about your choice of Diplomas

See which universities previous Access students went to

“I remember when I was at school it was all exams, but a lot of the work here is coursework so it’s less stressful when balancing home life with revision!”


Cat, now studying Biological Sciences at the University of Reading

Study now – pay later

The tuition fee for an Access to Higher Education Diploma can be covered using a similar type of loan to those used by university students. The government’s Advanced Learner Loan is:

  • Only repayable when you start earning over £25,000 per year
  • Not dependent on your income and there are no credit checks
  • Written off if you go on to complete a Higher Education course

For full details, visit the government’s website

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