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Access to Higher Education

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE course could be for you.

Our Access to HE courses are delivered by experienced tutors, the courses have no upper-age limit for and don't require UCAS points. Most Access to HE courses can be completed in one year ready for you to progress. 

Do universities recognise the Access to HE Diploma?

The Access to HE Diploma is widely recognised by UK universities, and many actively encourage applications from Access to HE students.

Each year, around 20,000 Access to HE students apply for a degree course at a UK university.

How does the Access to HE Diploma relate to other qualifications? 

The Access to HE Diploma is a full level 3 qualification. Study on the Access to HE Diploma makes academic demands that are at an equivalent level to those of other level 3 qualifications.

Examples of other level 3 qualifications include A levels and Scottish Highers. This comparison relates to the level of the qualification: there is no standard measure of 'equivalence' that relates to the volume of the qualification.

How do I apply?

Simply search our Access to Higher Education courses here. Once you've found the course you like, submit your application and we'll be in touch to invite you in to college to meet with the tutors. This meeting will give you the chance to discuss the course, your ambitions and potential university places in more detail.