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Access to Higher Education Courses

Overview

Are you an adult who aspires to go to University but doesn’t currently have the entry requirements? It is never too late to return to study and we have the perfect courses to help you get there.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are one-year Level 3 courses which are comparable to 3 A levels and enable adults to progress to University in one year. They are designed with progression and career aims in mind, with subject content which gives you knowledge and skills in the areas you will study in HE. In addition, academic study skills are embedded within Access courses to help you with the transition to higher level study.

Most Access courses require GCSEs (grade 4 and above) in English and Maths as these are the usual entry requirements for undergraduate study, however if don’t have one of these GCSEs, it may be possible to study one alongside your Access course.

For progression to Nursing and Midwifery from our Health Professions course, you will need 5 or 6 GCSEs (including English, Maths and a Science subject) before you take your Access course. We have a full time adult GCSE course to help you achieve this, as well as part time adult evening classes in GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, English, Maths and English Literature, if you need to top up your GCSE profile.

We have Access Diplomas in:

  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Health Professions
  • Social Science
  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Business

Who are Leicester College’s Access to Higher Education courses for?

We understand that returning to education is a big decision. Access to Higher Education courses are for adults aged 19+ returning to education. Everyone on your course will be an adult, you won’t be the only one! We have an excellent team of tutors and lecturers who understand that it may have been a while since you last studied and they are on hand to support you.

Further Information

Previous learners have gone on to study at many different universities, following their dreams and fulfilling their best potential. An Access course opens the door to careers such as teaching, nursing, social work and other professions which require university qualifications.

UCAS Tariff points are allocated to Access courses, in a similar way to A levels. And you can earn up to 144 points – which is the same as getting three A* at A level.

Business Studies Access to Higher Education Diploma level 3 – C0190

Course Code: C0190

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

This is an excellent course option for you if you want to move on to gain a higher education qualification in a business-related subject. You will learn a broad range of topics ranging from management to marketing which will equip you with the knowledge to study at a higher education level.

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Health Professions Access to Higher Education Diploma level 3 – C0441

Course Code: C0441

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

This is a challenging and intensive course of study which prepares you to apply for nursing, midwifery and other health-related degree courses in higher education. You will need to demonstrate experience of work roles, responsibilities and skills, and/or unpaid work including volunteering, in a health care involvement. You will study alongside adults (everyone on the […]

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Humanities Access to Higher Education Diploma level 3 – C0104

Course Code: C0104

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

Our humanities access course is the perfect pathway for mature students who are ambitious about progressing onto higher education. With the opportunity to study a range of different topics including English, history and, geography, we aim to provide you with a qualification to open doors to many career options such as journalism, teaching, and law.

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Science Access to Higher Education Diploma level 3 – C0099

Course Code: C0099

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

An intensive, one year science programme, studying a variety of core units in science (chemistry and biology). Study alongside other adults with the support of a personal tutor.

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Social Science Access to Higher Education Diploma level 3 – C0098

Course Code: C0098

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

Thinking about university, but don't have the right qualifications? Our Access to Higher Education courses give people without traditional qualifications the opportunity to go onto university after just one year’s study. You will broaden your knowledge in social science and bring you up to A level standard in just one year.

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Engineering Access to Higher Education Diploma level 3 – C0652

Course Code: C0652

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 02 Oct 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

Kickstart your journey to a career change or upskill to degree level with our access to engineering course. Providing you with the knowledge and qualifications, you'll be able to progress onto university courses in a variety of engineering fields. The programme is supported by expert teaching, productive assignments and supportive career progression.

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Health Professions Access to HE Diploma level 3 (January start) – C7365

Course Code: C7365

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 07 Jan 2025
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

Working in healthcare is a rewarding career and our access course aims to give you a wide range of skills and knowledge to help you towards your goal of going to university. Learning amongst adults your own age with the same ambitions in our industry-led environment, our lecturers will support in succeeding in this course.

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