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Access to Higher Education Diploma explained 

June 6, 2024

So, first things first – who are they for? 

Access to HE Diplomas are open to anyone aged 19 and over. They’re widely recognised by UK universities as alternatives to ‘traditional’ qualifications for entry into university. 

If you left school without A Levels (or an equivalent) but decide you want to go to university, Access to HE Diplomas are the perfect solution! 

Why study an Access to HE Diploma? 

Courses are flexible – you can complete the diploma through full-time study in one year, normally spending three full days on campus each week. This means you can work part time or volunteer alongside it. 

You can choose from a range of subjects – we have courses in; 

  • Psychology 
  • Education (online)
  • Criminology 
  • Healthcare Professions 
  • Humanities and Social Sciences 

It’s a legitimate route into higher education – the Access to HE diploma is also part of the UCAS Tariff, so it generates a score on a par with A Levels or BTEC courses. 

No Exam Stress  

There is no doubt that exams can induce plenty to stress and anxiety, and that is a major reason why some people are put off going back into education. One of the things our students like about the Access courses is that there are no exams! 

Every course is broken down into multiple units, and at the end of each unit, you will be issued with an assignment to complete. The piece of work will be based on the topics covered during the unit you have just studied. You will receive feedback from your tutor throughout your course – making sure that you are always developing your skills and knowledge.  

And as we are a small College you will get support all the way through your courses from your tutor, your classmates and Student Services.  

What next? 

Now you know a little bit more about Access to Higher Education Diplomas, why not look at our website and find out more about the subjects on offer. Don’t forget that we are the only residential college in Yorkshire so you may even stay over on campus when you have your College day – this gives you the chance to really focus on your studies.  

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