Access to Higher Education Diplomas

Whether you want to progress to train as a Nurse, Teacher, Engineer, Scientist – or countless other professions, your pathway to a new career could start this September.

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

View all our Access to Higher Education Diplomas here

Sometimes, the idea of studying a Higher Education course doesn’t come up until many years after you left school. And if you didn’t go to college, you may think that Higher Education is no longer available to you.

Thankfully, you do have an option. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a one-year course that prepares adults for university-level study, with no upper-age limit. It teaches all the skills needed to study a Higher Education course, boosts your confidence and provides support through the application process for your next course.

“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 £21,000 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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