Study Access to Higher Education

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Return, rewind, resume. That’s what our Access to Higher Education courses are all about. Whether you’re starting a new career from scratch, continuing your current studies or returning to education after some time out, we’ve created these courses to help YOU reshape your skills, ready for a fresh adventure. 

We have centres in:

  • Bristol, Plymouth, and Manchester
    Our brand-new Manchester centre, New Century Hall, opens in September 2022. Read more about it here.

    As part of your studies, you’ll get access to our state of the art equipment, sprawling creative centres, and specialist insider knowledge from our tutors. And even better, if you sign up to a degree post-Access to HE, the loan for your access course is written off! Who could ask for more than that? Our Access to Higher Education courses are a welcoming, supportive, and exciting environment to focus on your future.

What is Access to HE?


Similar to A-Levels, an Access to Higher Education (HE) diploma is the equivalent to a full Level 3 qualification. Around 40,000 students take advantage of this alternative entry route to university every year. Access to HE Diplomas can be completed in one year studying at our Plymouth, Bristol, and Manchester campuses. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed at university.

If you didn’t gain the necessary qualifications to get into university or you’re not sure what career path that you would like to take, an Access to HE Diploma is a great way to get you on the right path.