Access to Higher Education
Level 3

Awarding Body: Laser Learning Awards

Course Description

Access to Higher Education courses are designed for students who wish to study for a degree or diploma but who do not have the required qualifications.  The aim is to provide students (normally 19+) with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for success at university.

For any one of the Access pathways you must already have achieved grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language (Functional Skills qualifications are not considered to be equivalent).
Grade C in an appropriate GCSE Science subject will often also be required depending on chosen combination of course units and your degree course ambitions.

Our Access courses focus on areas of social science, social work and health care, with students going on to study for degrees in subjects such as: Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Social Work, Sports Science and various health care specialisms.

Access students come from a broad age range and varied backgrounds, and are typically dedicated and hard-working, having made a conscious decision to return to education.  They have the advantage of life experience and sometimes employment to draw upon, and are generally very well received by Higher Education institutions.

Hours of study
We try as far as possible to timetable Access classes to suit students who might have childcare responsibilities and/or evening work.  Classes begin at 10.00am and generally end by 3.30pm, although some courses might continue until 4.00pm.

Access courses are designed to be part-time and to last for one academic year (September to early July).

The fees and student finance will be discussed with you at your initial interview.
Students aged 19 or over who already have a full level 3 qualification (2 A Levels or equivalent) will be required to pay the full course fee of £3000 (TBC) . However, this can be taken out as a loan in a system similar to the one operated for university students. If you go on to successfully complete a degree your Access course loan is written off.

The interview process will commence in May 2020.

Course Validation
The awarding body for our Access courses is Laser Learning Awards, which is licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) to validate Access to HE Diploma programmes.


Course Information Sheet – provides details on the courses available, entry requirements, sources of information on university and careers and the application/interview process.  Please read the information here carefully as we hope it will answer many of your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions – will help you with your research before and after you make an application.  In addition to the FAQs there is a list very useful websites on page 4.