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What are Access to Diploma courses?

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diplomas are intended for those who want to study at University, but who do not have the formal qualifications needed to get in.

There are more than 1,100 courses available in a wide range of different subjects, from business to nursing. There is no upper-age limit and many don’t have any formal entry requirements.

Do Universities recognise the Access to HE Diploma?

The courses are widely recognised by UK universities and many actively encourage applications from Access to HE students.   In 2015, a record number of access-to-higher education learners went on to study at a higher education institution (almost 26,000) with 10%  going on to study at an elite Russell Group University.  In total, 25,480 students took an access-to-HE course and successfully entered higher education in 2014-15 – an increase of 10% from the previous year.

These courses are designed to help learners without the qualifications needed for entry to undergraduate study to progress into higher education.  In 2014-15, there were 1,275 courses running at 336 providers in England and Wales with students going on to study at 125 different universities in England and Wales, with 10 per cent going on to prestigious Russell Group universities.

Read more here about Access courses and how they can help you.

We offer a number of Diplomas, which run at both the Amersham and High Wycombe campuses –

Nursing and Healthcare Professions

Social Sciences


We also offer the Pre-Access course at the High Wycombe Campus.

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The 2014 Student of the Year prize went to Access to HE student, Aileen Ready, who achieved 39 distinctions and 21 merits and passed her GCSE English and Maths whilst studying as a mum with three young children.


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