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Access to HE Online

Your fast-track route to the healthcare profession you have always wanted.

Activate Learning are pleased to offer Access to Higher Education Online Diplomas: a convenient and affordable way to study.

Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career in healthcare, but worry that a lack of time and qualifications could prevent you from taking that next step? If you are aged 19 or over and aspire to go to university to study a healthcare-related degree, an Access to Higher Education Online Diploma is the route for you.

Please note: There is a tuition fee for these courses. Tuition fees for our Access to Higher Education courses commencing from February 2021 will be £3,384.

We offer the following online programmes. Click the links to view the programme pages for more information on course content. 

Access to Allied Health Professions: Online

Access to Health and Social Care Professions: Online

Access to Nursing and Midwifery: Online

Access to Business: Online

Access to Psychology: Online


Click the links below to find out more about programme features, funding and support for Access to HE Online students. 

Key programme features
  • One-year programme
  • Personal tutor and online tutorials included
  • Equivalent to three A Levels, which means you can achieve the points you need for university
  • Flexible so you can learn at your own pace, in your own home
  • Designed exclusively for adults
  • Widely-recognised and accepted qualifications by UK universities
  • Funding options available
Flexible learning and support

Flexible learning and support

Finding the time to learn the skills and knowledge you need to progress your career can be difficult. Online learning means that you can study flexibly, at times to suit you and your lifestyle. As a one-year programme, it also means that you will be ready for university in less time than if you followed the traditional A-level route.

Throughout your time on the programme, we will provide support through a personal tutor and online tutorials, as well as through our telephone hotline, open Monday–Friday from 9am–5pm.  

We will work with you to develop a study plan so that you can meet coursework deadlines and schedule study time around your other responsibilities.

Do I already need to have academic qualifications?

To be eligible for a place on an Access to HE Online programme, you must have GCSE English and maths grade 4 (C equivalent) or above, or a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification.

As this is an online course, it is not possible to study maths and/or English at an Activate Learning college alongside the main qualification. 

How much does it cost and is there funding available?

If you are aged 19 and over, and want to study a Level 3–6 course, you are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees. The loans are not means-tested or subject to credit checks and you start repaying it when you earn over £25,000 per year. 

The 19+ Advanced Learner Loan is easy to apply for and is not dependent on your household income. To be eligible to apply for it, you need to:

  • Be aged 19 or over at the start of your course
  • Start your course on or after 1 August 2016
  • Have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before the start of your course
  • Study an eligible course at Level 3 and above at an approved college or training provider in England. Approved courses include: A-levels, Access to HE diplomas, other diplomas and certificates

For more information regarding eligibility criteria, please visit General tuition fees for Access courses are as follows:

19–23 Concession EU tuition fee:                      NO CHARGE

24+ Loan EU tuition fee:                                £‎3,384.00

International fee:                                                  £‎6,700.00

Am I eligible for funding?

We have a wide variety of options to help with costs associated to your studies. Find out more in our dedicated funding section.

​Why study with us?

Activate Learning has helped over 3,000 Access to HE students progress on to university. OFSTED rated us ‘good’ in December 2017, with many outstanding features for our Access programmes.

The Access to HE Diploma is your online gateway to higher education, and will give you the opportunity to apply for a wide range of university courses. However, universities and colleges have specific course entry requirements and it’s vital that you check what these are before applying.

How do I apply?

If you are ready to apply, you can complete the online application form from the course pages linked above. Alternatively, you can contact our friendly team to find out more:

The Access course has given me the opportunity to enter a career and a degree that I never thought I would be able to achieve. It's made me also realise that I have academic skills and that you can retrain at any point in your life."

Andrew, Nursing and Midwifery