Access to Higher Education

Make Your DREAM a Reality

If you dream of a better career and want to gain a degree, but don't have the right qualifications, then our Access to Higher Education Programme is the perfect stepping stone.

Our learners progress onto a wide range of degrees including:

Childhood/Early Years Studies, Counselling, Education/Teaching, Forensics, Law and Criminology, Midwifery, Nursing (Children’s/Adult/Mental Health/Learning Disabilities), Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology amongst others.

Access to Higher Education 

Access to HE Diploma pathways in:

  • Childhood Studies - Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma
  • Counselling and Psychology - Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma
  • Education - Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma
  • Forensic Science - Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma
  • Health Care Professionals - Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma
  • Nursing and Midwifery - Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma
  • Social Sciences with Criminology - Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma

Start date: Monday 11th September, 2023

Duration:  1 Year - September 2023 to June 2024

Study Mode: 2 Full days in college, these days are a Monday and Tuesday, 9.15am to 4.00pm.  Plus half day optional workshop that will take place on a Thursday morning 9.15am to 12.00noon.

Entry requirements: Maths and English assessment

For more information or to discuss the Access to Higher Education Diploma in more depth, please contact us at 01207 585 900 or

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