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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!


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.

Our blended learning approach allows you to learn online from the comfort of your own home, while still being able to access Lakes College facilities and receive in-person support from our expert lecturers.

As there is no upper age limit, this course attracts a diverse range of students who find the course challenging, intellectually stimulating and rewarding.

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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.

Courses We Offer

Here at Lakes College, we currently offer the following Access courses:

Health Professionals

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


“When I was at school I loved the idea of being a nurse but it felt like it was unattainable for me. I didn’t think I was the academic type. I can reflect on it now and say the Access course absolutely got me ready with the level of writing and referencing skills required for university. The course was supported and flexible and I could still work and earn money while I was studying. Lakes also supported us with UCAS points and personal statements. I go to university now with three or four people who did the course and it has been really nice to be on that journey together from the start of Access.”

Kellyann Stewart - Access to HE learner at Lakes College