Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19 or over and want to study an Access to Higher Education Diploma, a Level 3 -6 Certificate or Diploma, there is help available to fund your course. Find out more by visiting our financial support section . If you successfully go on to complete your degree, then the Access loan will deducted from your student loan.


Assessments are in Room 3.03b and will include a brief talk, an English and Math’s assessment online and written, this will take approximately 2 hours. We have two pathways which include the Preparation for Access (Skills) if learners need to brush up on literacy skills to enable them to progress onto the Access to HE Diploma and our direct entry on to our Access HE diploma route.

Dates for assessments are: Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 2.30pm, Wednesday 19th April 2017 at 2.30pm, Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 2.30pm, Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 2.30pm, Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 1.00pm

Law - Access to Higher Education Diploma


About the course

This course offers the ideal first step to a career in law, including legal functions within business and public sector bodies. As well as core modules in Academic Study Skills and Law, you will also study Psychology and Politics.

Successful students with a tutor recommendation are guaranteed a place on the LLB (Hons) Degree at University of Law under our partnership agreement.

For entry to the course you will need to have Maths GCSE at a minimum grade `C¿ or equivalent. If you do not have this you may be able to study Maths GSCE alongside your course. We will assess you to see if you are at the appropriate level to enrol on it.

There are no formal requirements. You will be asked to complete a written assessment and have a formal interview, at which you will be expected to demonstrate your commitment and aptitude for the course.

There are two core modules: Academic Study Skills and Law. You will choose two additional modules from the following options: English Literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Politics or Sociology.

Assessment is by coursework and by occasional written examination.

You can progress to a range of possible law and law-related degrees, or other degrees in the Humanities or Sciences. Your course tutor and our careers and higher education advisors will give you advice and guidance on your application to university.

Successful students with a tutor recommendation are guaranteed a place on the University of Law LLB course. The University of Law also offers scholarships and bursaries. Find out more here:

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My teachers played a huge role in my progression

Syeda Afaz

Syeda Afaz

Studied: Adult literacy before progressing to study an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences

Destination: Studied a Law degree at the University of Westminster and is now training to become a solicitor at the University of Law

Syeda Afaz arrived in London at the age of 19 from Bangladesh to join her husband and to start a family life. They had two children but the marriage fell apart and divorce proceedings began. Despite this Syeda felt determined to learn English, provide for her children and become an independent woman with her own identity.

She enrolled on an ESOL course at City and Islington College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning in Finsbury Park and progressed to adult literacy, functional skills and took some of her GCSE’s. She never thought she would be able to study for a degree but with her confidence growing she decided to take an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Law at the College. After completing that she studied a Law degree at the University of Westminster and has ambitions to become a property solicitor.

She said: "When I enrolled at the College I was only 24, but I was nervous that there would be just young students there. However, the Centre for Lifelong Learning is so diverse and there are learners of all ages which helped me to settle in a lot.

“My teachers played a huge role in my progression and I was always able to go back to teachers for academic and personal support.”

Course information

Start date
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04 September 2017

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
Start date
End date
Lifelong Learning
Class Type
Full time
Fully Funded
How to apply

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Funding for Adult Courses

Funding for Adult Courses

If you are aged 19+ there is help available to fund your course. Take a look here.