Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Campus
  • Taunton Campus

Who is the course for?

This very popular course is for you if you are over 19, interested in returning to education but lack confidence because you may not have appropriate qualifications. The Access to HE course is designed to meet your needs by helping you to gain new skills and qualifications. You can use the qualification to gain a place at university or to enhance your career prospects.

What does the course involve?

You choose a diploma and academic subjects suitable for your career aspiration. All our Access Diplomas are made up of three Level 3 units with graded academic subject content and other Level 2 or ungraded Level 3 academic preparation skills units, which offer generic, introductory or personal development skills.

On the Humanities Diploma you can therefore choose three from the following subjects: English, History, Psychology or Sociology. In addition there will be core components such as study skills and ICT.

What makes this course special?

  • You will receive excellent teaching from outstanding staff, combined with extensive tutorial support with UCAS applications
  • A variety of exciting resources for you to use
  • The achievement rates are outstanding; success can improve your life in so many ways
  • A variety of teaching styles will be used: discussions in small groups and as a class; seminar style work; note making and assignment writing
  • You will be supported to achieve more than you thought you could
  • Feedback from current students tells us the atmosphere in the classroom is friendly and helpful, the relationships between students and staff are excellent with the right blend of formality and informality

Placements/Work Placements

Students are advised to organise their own work experience after consultation with universities.

Entry Requirements

  • The motivation and a willingness to learn!
  • There are no formal qualifications required for entry but you will undergo an initial assessment and interview to ensure you are on the right course for your skill level.
  • This course is for students aged 19 and over.

What are the assessment methods?

You will produce a portfolio of work over the year. You gain credits for the assignments you do. You accumulate credits towards the diploma. There are exams in some subjects.

How long is the course?

The course runs from September until June. The precise days and times you will need to attend College will depend on the combination of subjects you decide to study. This will be explained to you and discussed in detail prior to an offer of a place being made.

What are the College attendance requirements?

  • The course requires you to be in College for 2-3 days per week over 30 weeks
  • In addition, self-study hours are necessary to complete the programme

Are there any additional costs for the course?

There are no additional costs.

What are the progression options?

  • You will receive help and advice with the selection of university and college courses available to you, and with your application and interview procedures
  • You will get lots of help in making decisions about your progression routes

Please note: most university courses require GCSE Maths and/or English. There is opportunity to study both alongside your Access programme if you need to.


Progression routes in the past have included:

  • Teacher training
  • Degree courses followed by a PGCE
  • Careers in health and social welfare

Awarding Body

Our Access course is validated through Ascentis, which is licensed as an Access Validating Agency by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), and is approved to award the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The Access Diploma to Higher Education is a nationally recognised diploma and enables learners to apply to higher education courses in universities and colleges.

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