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Access to Higher Education

Get your qualifications for university

If you’re planning a new career and need a degree to move forward, our Access courses could help you find the path to success. If you don’t already have the qualifications to get a place at university, our one-year Access courses will give you the introductory knowledge you need and help bring your academic skills up to the required level. These courses are an intensive but supportive route to gaining the skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career path and you’ll need GCSE English and Maths Grade C/4 or above to enrol.

Our courses

Level 2 Pre-access with English and Maths

This course is for adults aged 19+ who would like to progress onto one of the Access courses but do not have the right qualifications. This course starts in September and runs for one academic year.


You will undertake study skills and academic writing lessons for one day a week to help prepare you for the academic level expected on the Access course. You will also undertake either Entry level or Functional skills level English and Maths for half a day each. You will have an assessment at the beginning of the year to determine which level English and Maths course you will be in.


To apply for a pre-access course, please apply for you chosen Access course and then at interview you will be given an offer for the pre-access pathway.

Biology combined with Chemistry

As well as the core study skills units, this course has been designed to offer 21 credits in Biology and 18 credits in Chemistry so that the learner has a good foundation in both subject areas enabling applications to a wide range of biology/chemistry related degrees. Find out more here.

Nursing and Health Professions

This course will provide the necessary skills and knowledge to progress on to higher education in order to pursue a career in health including Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy or Podiatry. The majority of students progress into higher education courses, for example BA Degrees, Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas within a wide range of health care disciplines. Find out more now.


This course would provide an appropriate qualification to progress to study Psychology (or a related subject) at University. Units include: Perspectives in Psychology, Social Behaviour, The Psychology of Criminal Investigation, Psychopathology, Conformity & Obedience, Stress Management, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Extended Independent Academic Study, Communication & Presentation and Reviewing & Planning. Find out more here.

Social Work

This one-year course would be appropriate for those who wish to study Social Work, or a similar degree, at university. Units include: Social Work Practice, Extended Independent Academic Study (Professional Studies), Introduction to Psychology, Development Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Social Science Research Methods, Development of Social Welfare, Social Welfare in the 21st Century, Anti-Discriminatory Practice, Health and Society, Approaches to Counselling, Communication and Presentation and Reviewing and Planning. Find out more here.

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