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Access to Higher Education

Want to study at university but not sure of your options? Our Access to Higher Education course could be perfect for you - available to study in two exciting course areas!


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 Diploma course could be the answer!

Prepare for degree-level study with our intensive one year course, tailored to equip you with the study skills and knowledge needed in order to progress onto university level learning.

With family-friendly hours, small class sizes and excellent one to one support, the course 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.

Courses We Offer

Here at Lakes College, we have two Access courses to choose from:

Policing and Criminal Justice

A programme designed for adults interested in undertaking a career within fields such as Policing, Prison Service, Youth Justice, Law, Criminology and more.

Health and Social

A course designed to allow progression to H&SC undergraduate degrees including Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Counselling, Radiography and Psychology.


“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.”

- Access to HE learner at Lakes College

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