Access to Higher Education - Humanities


Introduction to this course


Access to Higher Education (HE) aims to give adults (19+) with significant life experience a fresh chance at education. It is a nationally recognised qualification representing an alternative to the traditional A Level route to university. You can complete a Health & Social Care (Nursing) or Science (Midwifery) pathway and previous students have progressed to a wide range of health, education and care related HE courses, such as degrees in Nursing, Social Work, Midwifery and Early Years Teaching. As well as giving you the chance to gain the academic skills you will need for higher level study, the course aims to support students so that they increase in confidence and develop interpersonal skills. There is no upper age limit for this course.



How to Apply?

You can find out more about applying here



Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for Access to Higher Education are:


  • GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above (please check the entry requirements of the Universities that you are interested in though as some courses may require a B, or have other subject requirements)
  • Strong desire to study
  • Commitment to study full time for a year
  • Knowledge of course required at university
  • Good organisation, enthusiasm and motivation

  • Please speak to our Student and Customer Service team if you do not have the required GCSE’s or Functional Skills. You will need these before starting the Access course.



    Duration of this course

    This is a full-time, one year course.



    Career prospects

    The Access to HE diploma is a full Level 3 qualification. High grades of at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits is equivalent to three A Levels at ABB+.


    On successful completion of the course, you will be ready for entry onto a full Higher Education programme.



    Course content/units

    To achieve Access to HE, you need to gain 60 credits, 45 of which must be at level 3 (A level equivalent). You must check the entry requirements of your preferred university before you start your Access to HE course.


    Mandatory Units

    All modules are internally assessed and graded and internally and externally moderated. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction.


    You will also undertake five ungraded units covering areas such as study skills and preparation for university English and Maths entry tests.



    Expenses for this course

    Please contact our Student and Customer Services team on 01935 423921 for further information regarding fees and funding.