Access to Higher Education Diploma

Want a degree but don't have the entry requirements? An Access to Higher Education Diploma offers a flexible pathway to university study. 

These level 3 courses prepare individuals without traditional qualifications for further study at degree level. Whether you're changing direction in your career, or stepping back into education after family commitments, the Access to HE Diploma is the perfect qualification to get you back on track. Making the transition into higher education more manageable, the courses will develop transferable skills such as academic writing, whilst allowing you to develop specialist knowledge in your chosen subject. The diplomas are delivered across 2-3 days of the week with evening classes available in certain subjects such as health. 

If you are aged 19-23 and this is your first full Level 3 course then the diploma is free! If you are aged 24 or over on the start date of the course, you will have to pay fees, but you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover these costs. This is easy to apply for and the repayments only start when you are earning over £21,000. Better still, if you progress to university and successfully complete your degree, the loan is not repayable. The Access Diploma costs approximately £3k which is considerably cheaper than studying an additional qualifying year at university (frequently referred to as year 0). 

Are you wanting a career in:
Art & Design  /  Business  /  Computing  /  Construction  /  Criminology  /  Early Years  /  Education  /  Engineering  /  Games Design  /  Health  /  Law  /  Media  /  Music  /  Performing Arts  /  Science  /  Social Work  /  Sport  /  Youth Work

We are the largest provider of Access to Higher Education Diplomas in the North East, offering a clear pathway to your future.

We currently offer 15 Access to Higher Education Diplomas across a range of subject areas.
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