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Access to HE

Want to study at university but not sure of your options? Our Access to Higher Education course could be for you!

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The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at degree level. If you’re over 19 and would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then our Access to Higher Education course could be the answer.

This intensive one year course will equip you with the study skills and knowledge you need in order to progress onto university level learning. With family friendly hours, small class sizes and excellent one to one support, the Access to Higher Education Diploma is ideal for those who want to further themselves and their career. As there is no upper-age limit, this course attracts a diverse range of students who find the course challenging, intellectually stimulating and rewarding.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is widely recognised by UK universities, and many actively encourage applications from Access students. Each year, around 20,000 Access to Higher Education students apply for a degree course at a UK university. They go on to study a wide range of subjects, including health & social care, law, education, and business.

Here at Lakes College, you will study a wide range of subjects related to the health & social care profession, so you can broaden your mind and develop your academic skills in readiness for university. Many of our students have gone on to study at university in subjects such as Nursing, Midwifery, Mental Health Nursing and Teaching.

Where can I go from here?

This course is specifically designed to allow you to progress on to a range of Health & Social Care related undergraduate degrees including Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Counselling, Radiography and Psychology.

Entry Requirements

You must have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above. In cases where a science GCSE is required by a University then the Human Physiology unit of the Access course is recognised as an equivalent and will meet the entry requirements for the university. We recommend you confirm this with your chosen University before you begin the Access course.

For those taking GCSEs in 2017, changes to grades mean your results will be a combination of letters and numbers. For English and maths you will need a grade 4 or above. For those cases where a science GCSE is required this will be at grade C or above.

All offers will be subject to successful interview.


Free to learners approaching 19 and seeking to enter Higher Education.

Free to 19-23 year olds who do not already have a full level 3 qualification e.g. 4 or more AS Levels or 2 A Levels. Advanced Learning Loans are available for further education courses at Level 3, 4 & 5.

Further information on Advanced Learning Loans can be found via the government website. You have the option of taking out a loan or setting up a payment plan with the college that best suits your needs.

Please note: as long as you progress and complete a degree course then this loan is waived/cancelled

For more fee information, please click here. All costs are subject to slight changes.


Find out what our students have to say about the course here!

So why wait? Open up your possibilities and apply today.


“I decided to apply for the Access to Higher Education course as it would enable me to apply to universities, so that I could go on to study Mental Health Nursing. We studied a wide variety of subjects on the course, including English, History, Psychology and Sociology. The tutors were great and really supported my learning during my time at Lakes.”

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