To apply for a place on the Access to HE course, there are no requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications.
However, applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year. You are required to sit an initial maths and English assessment to determine if your level of literacy and numeracy is sufficiently high to cope with a Level 3 course. The outcome of this might be that an applicant is advised to complete maths and/or English at GCSE before being considered for the Access course.
On the other hand, if an applicant scores well on the initial test, it is possible to do maths and/ or English alongside the Access diploma, but please note that this is a substantial workload.
If you’re aged 19 or over, live in England and are thinking about further education or training, you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000 a year.
What are Advanced Learner Loans?
The government introduced Advanced Learner Loans to help adult learners manage the costs of further education and training in England.
These loans cover tuition fees for a range of Level 3 to Level 6 courses including:
- General and vocational qualifications.
- Access to Higher Education diplomas.
Advanced Learner Loans are only available for study at a training provider or college in England.
Previously these loans were known as 24+ Advanced Leaner Loans, but due to the age at which you’re eligible changing, the name was changed. So, if you couldn’t get a loan previously because you were too young, now you might be able to.
How to Apply
Applying for one of our programmes is easy.
You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.)
Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.