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Access to Higher Education is a fast-track course to give you the skills you need to gain a place at university, even if you have no existing qualifications and have not been in education for some time.

Access is a nationally recognised qualification, accepted by UK universities and colleges. You will have a personal tutor who is there to provide both academic and personal support. Our Access students come from all walks of life and this diversity makes for an enriching experience.

An Access to Higher Education qualification can be the route to a wide range of career and Higher Education opportunities. You may progress directly to university or college, specialising in your chosen subject.

Please note these courses are offered to students aged 18 and over, and those aged 19+ may be eligible for Advanced Learner Loan.

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What our students say

Access to Higher Education Student Melanie Wedgbury

Melanie Wedgbury

I previously worked for the Royal Mail, but after having my sixth child wanted a career change. I didn’t want to start at the bottom so felt that returning to study was the best way to guarantee better prospects for my future. I accessed a 24+ loan, which has been a great help in supporting my finances; if I go on to complete my degree, the fees for this course will be wiped, which has given me the determination and encouragement not to give up!”

Melanie is studying Physiology at the University of Bristol.

Access to Higher Education Student Emma-Jayne Brown

Emma-Jayne Brown

I always knew if I wanted to be a nurse, I would need to get a degree but not being in education since 2005, I never thought I would be able to. I was informed of what an Access course was and how it could help me become a nurse, I was sold. The course has been great preparation going to my uni course and I feel ready to take on my next challenge.”

Emma-Jayne is studying the Access to Higher Education course in Nursing. On completion she is going to study nursing at Plymouth University and would like to work as a nurse in a hospital’s A&E department.