Access to HE: International Study Programme

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Our Access to Higher Education International Study Programme is a full-time programme lasting one year which prepares you for successful university or other vocational studies.

You study English, maths and three academic subjects. If you complete this programme, you will get an Access Diploma.

This qualification will give you access to university in the UK, and you could go on to study for a number of qualifications, such as:

  • Diploma in Nursing and Healthcare
  • Diploma in Sciences
  • Diploma in Humanities
  • Social Sciences


What I'll learn

Each full-time student on the Access to Higher Education International Study Programme chooses three subjects which can combine different pathways, or specialise in one pathway:

Humanities Pathway 
Choose from:

  • Business Studies
  • Law
  • Culture and Society
  • European Studies
  • Psychology

Science Pathway 
Choose from:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics


How I'll learn

All students study English Language which also helps those of you who will need to take an IELTS exam. The English subjects are:

  • academic writing: learn how to write proofread and edit effective academic essays
  • grammar: learn how to communicate accurately in English at an advanced level
  • presentation skills: learn how to debate and give presentations
  • vocabulary: learn how words are formed and used
  • reading: learn how to read a variety of academic texts and take notes

Maths: all students have a class in maths, either at Level 2 or at Level 3. This is to satisfy university entrance requirements, and can be in addition to your course.

Your personal tutor helps you to make a good application to a British university and to apply for financial support.


How I'll be assessed

You build up a portfolio of credits during the year based on your coursework, examination performance and attendance in class. Your performance can be assessed at Level 2 or at Level 3. Level 3 credits are awarded at pass, merit or distinction grades.

You would need to achieve a minimum of 60 credits with 45 credits at Level 3 to achieve your Access to Higher Education Diploma.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year. You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3. You will usually have successfully completed high school in your own country at Level 2 (GCSE level).  

At your initial assessment, you will need to demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.

If your education was interrupted and you have no qualifications, you should be able to show that you have experience and understanding that is equivalent to formal educational qualifications. This might include work experience at a professional level, voluntary activities or even bringing up a family in the UK.

You will need to demonstrate that you have a good upper-intermediate level of English, equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or ESOL Reading and Writing Level 1. We will ask you to complete a piece of writing at your initial assessment so we know what language level you have.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete 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 include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.