Access to Higher Education

What is an Access to Higher Education Diploma?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications, such as A Levels, for study at university.

If you want to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need to apply, Access to Higher Education is for you.

Want to know what it is like studying these courses? You must read Bernadette's story. 

Why take an Access to Higher Education Diploma?

  • Variety
  • Flexibility
  • Opportunity
  • Recognition

The course prepares you for university, and helps you build the confidence you need if you have not been in the class room for some time. It also helps you to develop the study skills you need to be a successful student, such as doing research and essay writing.

Do universities recognise the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

The Access to HE Diploma is widely recognised by UK universities including Russell Group universities such as Cambridge University. Many universities actively encourage applications from Access to HE students. 

Each year, around 20,000 Access to HE students apply for a degree course at a UK university. They go on to study a wide range of subjects, including law, medicine, education, and business.

Why take Access to Higher Education Diploma at City and Islington College?

City and Islington College was the first in the country to offer Access to HE courses back in 1977 and is now one of the largest providers, with over 10 different courses ranging from Medical Biosciences and Forensic Science, to Humanities, Law and Teaching. Last year, 224 Access students secured places on HE courses, some of them at Russell Group Universities

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Are you aged 19+? Find out about fees and funding to help you during your adult learning.

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What is it like studying Access to Higher Education?

Want to know what it is like studying Access to Higher Education? Read Bernadette's story