Access to Higher Education

Do you dream of a career change or going to university?

If the answer is yes, then our Access to Higher Education Programme could be the ideal route for you! Our learners progress onto a wide range of degrees including Nursing (Children’s/Adult/Mental Health/Learning Disabilities), Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Social Work, Education/Teaching, Childhood/Early Years Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Law and Criminology amongst others.

Access to HE Diplomas at Derwentside College are awarded by One Awards and we offer three routes:


Access to Higher Education - DAYTIME PROGRAMME

Access to HE Diploma in:

  • Health
  • Humanities & Social Science
  • Education

Start date: Monday 11 September 2023

Duration: 33 weeks, days to be confirmed at interview

Entry requirements: Maths and English assessment


Access to Higher Education - EVENING PROGRAMME

Access to HE Diploma in:

  • Health

Start date: Tuesday 12 September 2023

Duration: 33 Weeks

Evenings: Tuesday & Thursday, 5.00pm - 8.00pm

Entry requirements: GCSE in Maths and English at grade C or above or an equivalent Level 2


Course Fee - £3,000, Advanced Learner Loan available subject to eligibility.  

Advanced Learner Loans are waived on successful completion of a HE qualification! 

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans -

For more information or to discuss the Access to Higher Education Diploma in more depth, please call: (01207) 585900 or to Apply email 



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