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Access to HE Diplomas

Don’t have the traditional entry requirements to take on a degree-level course? Let us help you access your dream career.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed for anybody aged 19+ who:

  • Does not have ‘traditional’ qualifications (such as A Levels)
  • Has been out of education for some time
  • Is looking to return to education whilst being employed in the sector
  • Is seeking qualifications to gain employment in a new area
  • Is preparing to study at a higher level in a subject area

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is an Access to HE course?

An Access to Higher Education Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for studying at degree-level. It is designed for people who would like to study in higher education but who left school without qualifications such as A levels. The Diploma is recognised by by all UK universities and higher education colleges as the entry standard to a degree programme.

Who are Access to HE students?

Access to HE students are from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. Students may have missed out on education and left school to get a job or have a family. Formal qualifications are not necessarily required to get onto an Access to HE course, and age is not a barrier. Your life experience will be valuable on the course.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

You do not need any qualifications to enrol on an Access to HE course. However, individual colleges may have their own entry requirements (often English/Maths GCSE).

How long will it take to complete?

Most Access to HE Diplomas can be completed in a year or less. Selby College offer full-time courses over a year and part-time courses over two years.

How much will it cost?

Courses are often free for 19-24 year olds. Students over the age of 24 can obtain an Advanced Learner Loan which can be written off if the degree is completed.

How can I apply?

For more information on how to apply visit, our how to apply page.

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