Access to Higher Education
At City and Islington College, we offer Access to Higher Education (HE) courses in a range of different subjects to help you to progress to university and onto a rewarding career.
If you would like to go to university, but left school without gaining the Level 3 qualifications you need to apply for an undergraduate degree (such as A Levels), Access to HE is for you.
Access to HE Diplomas prepare you for university and are widely accepted by universities as the adult equivalent of A Levels. They are also suitable for students with overseas qualifications who may need to improve their academic English, or whose qualifications are not recognised by UK universities.
Access to HE courses are challenging, but are designed to help learners who may not have been in a classroom for some time. You will study subjects relevant to your chosen higher education course and career path, as well as developing the study skills you need to be a successful student, such as doing research and essay writing.
As the first College to teach these courses, we offer you expert teaching from highly-experienced, friendly tutors who are committed to helping you to achieve your goals.
You may be able to get help with the cost of your Access to HE course starting in 2012 (your eligibility will be assessed when you enrol).
From 2013, college courses at Level 3 and above for those aged over 24 will no longer be government subsidised. A government loan will be available for those who need it, which you will pay back over a number of years after the course, once you earn over £21,000.
To apply for an Access to Higher Education course starting soon, click here.
We teach the largest number of Access to HE students in London and many of our students go on to secure a place at university, including prestigious institutions such as the Russell Group.
Our students progress to around 30 universities each year in and outside London, and take a wide range of degrees, including:
Universities that our students progress to:
Degrees that our students progress to:
Accounting (incl. with Finance)
‘I feel wonderfully secure and am very excited about returning to work in July. When I look back from where I am now, I remember clearly my best friend urging me to check out City and Islington College. An introduction which truly changed my life.’ Read more…
Mel Charles studied Access to Higher Education: Media in 2002/03 and is a consultant at ‘Women Like Us’
Laura Hughes studied Access to Higher Education: Social Work and won the City and Islington College Alumnus of the Year Award in 2012. A committed, hard-working and dedicated student at the College, she went on to gain a First Class Honours Degree at Goldsmiths, following which she started working for Haringey Children’s Services.
THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR COURSE
Excellent learning environment with specialised facilities and friendly, experienced and professional teaching staff
THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR STUDY SUPPORT
Regular one-to-one sessions with your personal tutor
Additional learning and disability support, if required
Library, Information Services and IT facilities including: books, e-books and journals; PCs, Apple Macs, audio equipment and iPod Touches; scanners, photocopiers and printers – with your own quota of free printing; free WiFi and your own email account; our own Virtual Learning Environment so you can access course materials online – even when you’re not at College
THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE
Confidential, unbiased support on any practical issues such as financial worries, studying while on benefits, accommodation and immigration issues
Two College nurseries providing limited places for students’ children aged 2-5
Onsite canteens offering great value for money
Lots of activities and events to help you relax and enjoy yourself
THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR FUTURE
Information and guidance on careers and your next step, including visits to universities, jobs fairs and developing your employability skills
A wide range of courses at different levels and for different abilities helping you to progress even further, whether starting work, changing career or going on to further study or Higher Education
OCN Explains what is Access to HE? (Video)
OCN London is an Access Validating Agency (AVA) for the recognition and approval of Access to Higher Education Diplomas within the national framework managed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) www.accesstohe.ac.uk.
This film was made with support from the following OCN London member and affiliate centres:
Birkbeck, University of London,
City and Islington College
St George's University of London
Westminster Kingsway College