Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

The Access to Higher Education Diploma course has completely transformed the lives of thousands of adults. If you do not have a full Level 3 qualification, here is an opportunity to return to study and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The aim of the course is to provide you with a route into higher education at university or college. Hundreds of former students have gone on to higher education courses at both our own University Centre Farnborough and elsewhere, showing that the course is successfully preparing students for the next stage in their education.

The qualification is a full-time course equivalent of two to three A Levels and takes one year to complete.

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Studies include

What modules are covered?


In this hands-on subject you will study the role of the construction industry within the UK economic framework. You will investigate key sectors within the construction industry and their relationship to the construction economy; the related industries to the construction industry, identifying elements of the construction industry supply chain and the role that the supply chain engages in. You’ll research professions within the construction industry and how they relate to each other. 

Engineering Science
This subject aims to address a wide variety of engineering topics. Studies will include the basics concepts of engineering, you will learn and develop an understanding of the two branches of engineering mechanics, statics and dynamics. In statics, you will study the equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies. In dynamics, you will learn the concepts of kinematics (vectors and motion) and kinetics (Newtonian mechanics, work, energy and power).

Environmental Science
In this subject you will study the biological environment; species and their interaction; the chemical environment- natural cycles and chemical-biological interactions through ecological cycles. You will research environmental change with regard to the stresses on the environment due to human’s activities e.g. pollution and overexploitation of natural resources. 
Exploring issues threatening environmental change e.g. Management of conservation. As part of the research unit, you will carry out a group fieldwork investigation concentrating on techniques of data collection and subsequent analysis and the biological, physical and chemical processes which have influenced the development of the site. 


Your studies will complement your academic studies. The main areas covered are algebra, number systems, geometry and basic trigonometry.

Study Skills
This part of the course focuses on developing the practical skills you will use on a higher education course; including essay writing, referencing and effective note-taking. 

You will receive all the help you need with university applications and study support in a weekly tutorial, which also gives you the chance to talk to your tutor about your academic progress and plans for university.

What training will be provided?

Within this course you will cover a range of disciplines such as:

Building Information Modelling, Computer Aided Design, Project Management Research, Structural Mechanics in Construction and Civil Engineering, Surveying and Measurement and Sustainability.

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What Next?

After successfully completing the diploma you will be prepared for studying a university-level (higher education) course at university or college. 

This diploma is suitable for you if you are pursuing a career in the areas below (after graduating from a relevant higher education course):

  • Architect
  • Building control surveyor
  • Building services engineer
  • Building surveyor
  • Construction manager
  • Facilities manager
  • Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
  • Housing manager/officer
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Site engineer
  • Structural engineer
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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

This course is designed for mature students, aged 19 or over, who have had sufficient life or work experience between leaving school and starting the diploma. 

To make sure this is the right course for you, acceptance onto the diploma is based on aptitude and commitment following an interview and assessment.

You will need an English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above and a GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

It is also strongly advised that you contact the university or teaching institution, you wish to attend after completion of this course and check what their exact GCSE requirements are for your chosen degree. Every university admission policy is different so its worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs. 

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