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Access to Higher Education Diplomas are specifically designed for learners aged 19 or over, who wish to take a university-level course but don’t have the normal entrance requirements for Higher Education.

These qualifications are recognised by universities and other Higher Education institutions as an alternative to the standard A Level/BTEC entry.

There are many reasons why studying an Access course may suit you; you may be a student who has completed some qualifications and can show the right level of skill and maturity for this programme, or you may be a mature applicant who has not studied A Levels but possesses a wealth of experience in your chosen field.

Our Access to HE Diplomas are available to study either full-time over one year (three days a week in our University Centre), and/or part-time over two years, offering you greater flexibility and the opportunity to balance your home and work life.

Year after year, our students secure places at the country’s leading universities on courses such as midwifery, nursing, psychology, paramedic science, sport and exercise science, optometry and many more.

Need further assistance?

Please get in touch with the Advice & Guidance Centre:

North Devon
01271 852422
Mid Devon
01884 235330

If you don't have the grades you need to join our Access to HE course, don't worry! Our pre-Access to HE course, called 'Award in Skills for Employment, Training & Personal Development' will give you the academic and professional skills needed to prepare you for any Access to HE or HE programme.

Benefits of studying an Access to HE course

Develop the skills needed for university study

Increase your confidence

Gain recognised qualifications equivalent to A Levels

Can open up new career opportunities