An Access Diploma Offers A Flexible Pathway To University Study

Whether you’re changing direction in your career or stepping back into education after family commitments, the Access to Higher Education Diploma is the perfect qualification to get you back on track.

We understand that being out of education for a while can be daunting, but courses are designed to make the transition into higher education far more manageable. The courses can be demanding and will require time that is utilized studying outside of lessons, but if you have the determination to achieve your goals, we guarantee to help you get there.

Whatever pathway you choose to study, you can look forward to working with high quality, motivated, trained and caring staff that will support you on your journey. We have state of the art classrooms and workshops and offer first class student support.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is widely recognised by UK Universities, and many actively encourage applications from Access to HE Diploma students. Each year, around 20,000 Access to Higher Education Diploma students apply for a degree course at a UK University. Studying a wide range of subjects, including law, education, nursing and business.

Is An Access Course The Right Path For Me?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a qualification which is designed to prepare those without necessary qualifications to go on and study at University in their chosen field. The course will provide learners with the necessary skills and knowledge required to help them fast track to a degree by the time they complete their qualification. The Access course is not designed for learners who have recently studied A Levels, GCSE’s or similar programmes seeking an alternative route into Higher Education, with the majority of those who enrol being over 19 years old. Most Access courses can be completed in one year, with study across three days of the week.

A Stepping Stone To Your Degree

You will study a range of units designed to develop academic skills for successful progression into independent study at Higher Education level.

You will learn:

• How to formulate and execute research strategies for assignments
• Effective note-taking methods
• How to structure and write academically
• The Harvard System of Referencing
• The correct usage of grammar and punctuation
• Revision techniques
• Presentation skills

There will also be the opportunity get support with writing your personal statement and UCAS application.

What Are The Costs?

If you are aged 19-23 and this is your first full Level 3 course, then it will be free.

If you are aged 19-23 and you already have a Level 3 qualitifiction, or you are aged 24 or over on the start date of the course, you will have to pay fee or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.


Advanced Learner Loans

• Easy to apply for

• No means testing or credit checks

• Repayments only start when you"re earning of £21k

• FREE if you progress to University and complete your degree

Here To Help

A Guarantee from Middlesbrough College:  If you successfully complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma at Middlesbrough College, we guarantee you a place on one of our degree level programmes. You must also achieve all programme-specific requirements (for example, a specific grade in Maths). This guarantee does not apply to Department of Health funded programmes.

For general enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on 01642 333333 or email: