University Level

Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education

Kick start your future!

If you want to kick-start your career by gaining a University Level qualification, but you don’t have all the qualifications you need, then a one year Access to Higher Education course may well be your best choice.

The Access to Higher Education Diplomas are a well established and a very successful route into university level study for adult students who may lack formal entry qualifications, wish to pursue a change of career and/or need to develop confidence and practice in their study skills. They can also improve your general education and are specifically designed to help you progress on to professional advanced training. The range of modules available allows you to access a wide variety of courses at university level such as nursing, social work, teaching and psychology – plus lots more!!

You will be taught and assessed through a combination of lectures, small group work, practical exercises, group discussions, seminars and tutorials. You will collect evidence of your work from 20 units over 36 weeks and present it as a portfolio of work.

The Access to HE Diploma is a very rewarding course, however, it is also very demanding. Students are expected to be motivated to learn in and out of the classroom, to manage their study time, to meet deadlines and to take responsibility for their own learning.

Who can apply?

We are looking for applicants with:

  • A high degree of motivation and commitment to study a full time and challenging course
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (we can help you gain these). For Healthcare and Science diplomas a GCSE or equivalent in science at grade C or above is also required 
  • Evidence of recent study is desirable (we can help you identify which courses would be good for you)
  • A clear idea of what higher education courses you wish to apply for

Exeter College has been running the nationally recognised Access to Higher Education programme since 1987. Since then, hundreds of students have successfully completed the course and progressed on to further study and employment.

  • How to apply

    Click here to view our Access to HE courses

    We take applications for 2017 from September 2016. The course is very popular and there are limited places available. Please do not leave it until the summer to apply as you may miss out on a place.

    Applicants for Access to HE will need to complete:

    • An application form
    • A letter of application explaining why you are applying for the course.
    • A one-to-one interview with a course tutor
    • An initial assessment of literacy and numeracy skills

    You may be given an initial assessment of literacy and numeracy skills at interview. Should you wish to prepare for this you can look at the level 2 English & Maths practise papers on the Move On website

    For more information about our Access to HE courses, or to request an Access to HE information pack please contact our Reception on 01392 400500 or download the pack below:

    GCSE English and Maths

    For those who do not have a GCSE grade C or above in English and/or Maths, these courses are offered free of charge (providing you are a British Citizen or from the European Union). It is advisable to acquire these qualifications before applying for Access to HE unless you know for certain that the university you hope to go to does not require one or both of these qualifications in addition to an Access Certificate. You should have written confirmation of this from the university attached to your Access application form.

  • Fees for 2016/17

    Fees for Access to Higher Education courses are subject to review on an annual basis. The 2015-2016 fees are listed below

    Students aged 19 or over from the 31st August 2016 will be charged the full fee for their chosen pathway. However, this can be covered in full by an Advanced Learner Loan from the Government. The loan is not means-tested and is not repayable until you are earning over £21,000. If you continue on to a University Level course and pass and complete it, your Advanced learner Loan will be written off. Find out more about using the loan to fund your Access course here

     Click here for further information on the 24+ Advanced Learning Loans

    Students aged 19 – 23 on the 31st August 2016 who do not hold a Full Level 3 Qualification can be funded by the Government. If you are eligible for Government funding the Total fee will be £80 (£50 Support Fee + £30 resource fee)

    Pathway Cost for 19+ Students
    Art and Media £3,928 plus £30 Resource Fee
    Health and Social Care £3,384 plus £30 Resource Fee
    Humanities £3,022 plus £30 Resource Fee
    Nursing £3,384 plus £30 Resource Fee
    Science £3,384 plus £30 Resource Fee

    What financial support is available?

    Means-tested financial support may be available to assist with the cost of returning to study. For Students under 19, the college offers a Learner Support Fund. For those aged 19 and over and applying for a Advanced Learner Loans, a bursary may be available. Click here for more information

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