What is Access to Higher Education?


    • Thousands of Access students apply and successfully gain entrance to UK universities every year
    • It's possible to achieve a Diploma in less than 12 months
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The Access to Higher Education Diploma provides the level 3 entry requirements to go to university and is aimed at mature learners who do not have traditional or the necessary qualifications to progress to university.  

Many Access to HE students left school with few, if any, formal qualifications, yet possess the potential and ability to study for a degree or for a professional qualification. Many have been out of education for some years and need to gain the relevant entry qualification to pursue their goals through higher education.

People on the Access to HE Diploma courses come from a broad age range, across varied backgrounds and ethnic groups. They bring transferable life skills into the learning environment with a shared desire to fulfil their academic and professional potential in order to ‘make a difference’.  

An Access to HE Diploma (Health Science Professions) leads to a wide range of degree programmes in both the health and social sector. Once qualified there are opportunities to branch out into a variety of careers.

Our fully online course is based on 12 months' study and offers flexibility to allow learners to work and achieve (at their own) pace whilst taking into account work and family commitments.


UCAS Tariff Points

The following table provides some examples of Access to Higher Education grade profiles and their tariff points. To calculate your own tariff points or to work out specific combinations, you can use the calculator below the table:





Tariff Points

45 0 0 144
30 15 0 128
15 30 0 112
0 45 0 96
15 15 15 96
0 15 30 64
0 0 45 48



Access to Higher Education UCAS Tariff Calculator

Enter the number of credits you have achieved at Pass, Merit and Distinction in the form below and click "Calculate" to calculate your UCAS tariff points. Do not count ungraded units.
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Monthly Direct Debit Options: Access to Higher Education Diploma, including the certification fee

The total cost of the course is £1212. You can pay in full, or take advantage of one of the following interest-free options:

12 monthly payments of £101
11 monthly payments of £110.18
10 monthly payments of £121.20
9 monthly payments of £134.67
8 monthly payments of £151.50
7 monthly payments of £173.14
6 monthly payments of £202
 If you pay in full at the start of the course you will get a £50 discount.

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Access to Higher Education Diploma

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The total course price is £1212 (if you pay monthly from £101 per month) or £1162 if paid in full at the start!

Prices are per month for the number of months specified, except for courses paid in full.

Choose this for any Access to Higher Education Diploma, such as Access to Nursing, Access to Midwifery, etc. You will choose your pathway when you complete the enrolment form. If you are unsure of which pathway to follow for your chosen university course, we will help you at the start of your Access Diploma course.

If you choose monthly instalments, your course will need to be fully paid by your target moderation date. These events are held in June and November each year. You should aim to complete one month prior to these dates. For example, if you start your diploma studies in October and aim to complete by the following June, you would need to select the 8 month option. If you are starting in October and plan to complete the course by the following November, you can select the 12 month option. 



Access to Higher Education Diploma (Paid in Full)

Pay in full here for any Access to ... Higher Education Diploma. The diploma pathway is chosen when you say which university course you want to do in the enrolment form. You can change your diploma choice to another pathway during the first few weeks of the course without any problem, for example if the university you are applying to says they want you to have more biology credits.

Use this for:

Access to Nursing
Access to Paramedic Practice
Access to Biomedical Science
Access to Radiography
Access to Physiotherapy
Access to Operating Department Practice
Access to Midwifery
Access to Psychology
Access to Occupational Therapy
Access to Speech Therapy
Access to Biology
Access to Social Science
Access to Social Work
Access to Health Science
Access to Podiatry
Access to Nutrition and Dietetics
Access to Dental Hygiene
Environmental Health

or you can create your own Access Course

If you prefer monthly payments, click here.

Reserve a place on the Access to HE Diploma

If you don't want to start quite yet, but would like to reserve a place to start an Access to Higher Education Diploma later in the year, you can pay a £20 deposit. When you complete the enrolment form during checkout you can choose a start date for your course. As you may be preventing others from taking the place, this deposit is not refundable if you do not take up your place on the course.

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