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College’s Diplomas enable adults to access their dream careers

Thursday 28 July 2022

Selby College is helping people without the traditional requirements for degree-level study to fast track their way to university with its Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

The one-year programmes are designed to provide learners with the relevant knowledge and study skills they need if they’ve been out of education and want to successfully complete a degree course.

The College’s Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Science Professions programme has already enabled a number of students to progress onto degree-level study in their chosen subjects, as well as upskill in their existing careers.

I’ve been a Dental Nurse for over eight years now but the Access to Higher Education Diploma gave me the opportunity to progress onto a Dental Hygiene and Therapy degree at Newcastle University to further build my skills. What I really liked about the course is that it is predominantly essay writing, which meant that I didn’t have to face the pressure of completing exams at the end of term.

Ellie Backhouse, former Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Science Professions student
Ellie Backhouse
Ellie Backhouse

I chose to study at Selby College as it has a great reputation and is my local College. I really enjoyed the structure of the course and being able to interact with like-minded people in my class. I plan to use my Diploma to progress onto Higher Education and I already have three conditional offers from a range of universities to study Midwifery, which will help me fulfil my dream of becoming a Midwife.

Lucy McCormack, Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Science Professions student
Lucy Mc Cormack
Lucy Mc Cormack

In addition to the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Science Professions, the College also offers Access programmes in Computing and Criminal Justice.

The courses provide learners without traditional entry requirements for university a route to enter a range of professions including Computing and IT, Health, Nursing, Midwifery, Police, Prison Service, Youth Offending Services and more.

Designed for anybody 19+, the Diplomas are full Level 3 qualifications recognised by all UK Universities and Higher Education Colleges.

In addition to the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Science Professions, the College also offers Access programmes in Computing and Criminal Justice.

The courses provide learners without traditional entry requirements for university a route to enter a range of professions including Computing and IT, Health, Nursing, Midwifery, Police, Prison Service, Youth Offending Services and more.

Designed for anybody 19+, the Diplomas are full Level 3 qualifications recognised by all UK Universities and Higher Education Colleges.

What is fantastic about our Access to Higher Education programmes is that students are from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. Whether you have been out of education for some time having left school to get a job or have a family, or are seeking employment in a new sector, our Access to Higher Education Diplomas are a great way to fast track your journey to degree-level study, enabling you to secure your dream career quicker and more cost-effectively.

Stephen Mulligan, Head of Access to Higher Education and Higher Education at the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group

The College also offers a range of degree-level programmes in a variety of subjects which Access to Higher Education students can progress onto, including Art & Design, Business, Childhood Studies, Digital Technologies, Education, Engineering, Sport and more.

Validated by some of the region's most well-established universities, these include Foundation Degrees, Full Degrees, Higher National Certificates/Diplomas, Top-Up Degrees and Teacher Training.