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Access to Higher Education

If you are aged 19 or older and looking for an alternative route of study to get back into education to prepare for university or professional training, then an Access to HE course will allow you to progress with like-minded people in a mature and professional environment.

<br><strong>Qualifications awarded by CAVA</strong>
Qualifications awarded by CAVA


<br><strong>Equivalent to A Levels</strong>
Equivalent to A Levels

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed at university

<br><strong>Designed for Adults (19+)</strong>
Designed for Adults (19+)

Hours can fit around homelife, work and childcare commitments

<br><strong>1 year courses</strong>
1 year courses

Fast-track to get you on a relevant degree within a year

Access to Higher Education
Access to HE - Health Professions (19+)Level 3
Access to HE - Science (19+) New CourseLevel 3
Access to HE - Social Science (19+)Level 3
Access to HE - Veterinary Science (19+) New CourseLevel 3

We support mature students with few formal qualifications but with life experience, and help to create pathways to life-changing opportunities. Many adults have the potential and ability to study for a Degree or professional qualification but have been unable to do so because their education was disrupted due to family, financial, social or personal circumstances. You will be given support and guidance throughout the UCAS application process so that when you have completed the course you are able to fast track straight onto your chosen Degree.

Paying for your course

If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund this course, then go on to complete a Higher Education course, you’ll be eligible to have the balance of your Advanced Learner Loan written off.*

*If you don’t complete either course, you won’t be eligible to have the balance written off, and will need to repay your loan in full.

Want to know more?

You can email us at or give us a call on 01756 791 411 and a member of our team will get back to you.

Our open events are also a great way to find out more about our courses and what its like to study with us. Please see our events webpage for more information.

We’re committed to provide you with a quality education and feedback on our Access to HE courses from a recent CAVA External Moderation Report says:

Developmental feedback to the students is exemplary. The staff always provide three points of written feedback to support students further learning. I have seen this year on year and commend the staff for this as it helps students to further improve their academic skills and performance.

Students are very content and complementary of their course(s). Staff are very engaged and supportive of the students. Some of the work sampled was of very high standard and quality, demonstrating that those who want to achieve high are supported in their learning journey.

The College is currently developing a course in Access to HE in Landbased Studies. The Access course would cover various units related to the land-based sector, with pathways in Animal Science and Welfare or Ecology and Conservation and would be the perfect stepping stone to studying a landbased or veterinary nursing degree. 

To register your interest in finding out more about this Access to HE course please email

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