Access to HE

If you want to study for a university-level course but don’t have the necessary qualifications, then our Access to Higher Education (HE) courses could be a great choice for you!

Access courses are specifically designed for adults aged 19+ returning to education. We fully support and understand that people return to education for all kinds of reasons, which is why we have courses to suit a variety of needs.

At Nottingham College, our courses are a fast-track route to degree-level study and are tailored to specific careers like law or nursing, or cover broader areas including science, social sciences and business.

It is our goal to help you begin your journey to a new career and we do all we can to ensure that the transition to full-time education runs as smoothly for you as possible.

We create a relaxed environment for all our students, as we believe that this helps inspire learning. You will have the chance to join like-minded people on our Access courses, in a mature environment with supportive tutors.

On top of all this, when you do take the next step into higher education, we offer many degree-level qualifications right here at our College.

So, this means that if you choose to stay at Nottingham College, you’ll be learning in a supportive, familiar environment. However, if you decide to go to university instead we’ll help you with your application.

There’s no need to worry if you do not meet the entry criteria as we may be able to offer you a Pre-Access programme. This allows students to study GCSEs in English Language and Maths as well as a relevant subject qualification, which will prepare you for an Access to HE course.

It’s also worth noting that most universities require GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) for entry. Additionally, a GCSE in Science is often required for primary education courses.

Levels

We offer a variety of Access to HE Diploma and Level 3 courses at Nottingham College.

19+ Advanced Learner Loans

If you’re aged 19-23 and it’s your first full Level 3 course, then you may not have to pay fees for an Access to HE Diploma. If not, or if you are 24+, you may be able to get help with the cost of your Access to HE course fees through a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

You won’t pay anything back until your income is over £21,000 per year.  What’s more, if you go on to complete a higher education funded by Student Finance England, the outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.

University Level courses

Are you looking to study a University Level course? Click here for more information!

Highlights from Nottingham College

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Students kick-start the new year with their Freshers' Fair

20/09/2018

More than 2000 students flocked to Nottingham College’s beach-themed Freshers’ Fair this month.

College Supports Nottingham Jobs Fair

14/09/2018

Nottingham residents who are out of work or between jobs are invited to join Nottingham City Council, partners and local employers at the Nottingham Jobs Fair which returns to the city this autumn.

Nottingham College awarded for innovative online learning resources

07/09/2018

We have been officially recognised by the Blended Learning Consortium for the positive steps we have taken to develop and improve our online learning resources.

Kia apprentices earn bronze

06/09/2018

Automotive trainees from the Kia Academy Apprentice Programme, have gotten off to a cracking start in their training, with five achieving their Bronze Award Accreditation from Kia, in the space of just a week.

College to Host Young Nottingham Musicians

05/09/2018

Budding young musicians from across the city are invited to enrol in Nottingham Music Service ensembles as the charity enters a new era at a new venue at Nottingham College.

Fun at Freshers’ Fair

05/09/2018

Calling all Nottingham College new starters and current students! Join in the fun at our Freshers' Fair this Friday 7th Sept!

Late Enrolment Event on Saturday 8 September

04/09/2018

Nottingham College is hosting a late enrolment event on Saturday 8 September for people who think they have left it too late to start a college course this year.

Work experience with Barratt and David Wilson Homes

30/08/2018

Leading developers Barratt Homes North Midlands and David Wilson Homes East Midlands will give 65 Nottingham College students work placements.

Sport courses open day tomorrow! (Friday 31st Aug)

30/08/2018

Interested in sport? Find out how you can kick-start your career at Nottingham College’s Sports Open Day

Chinese summer school success

28/08/2018

For the 14th year running we welcomed more than 400 Chinese students to experience Nottingham College and our great city.

A New Era for Education in Nottingham

23/08/2018

Nottingham College unveils a new brand on Thursday 23 August 2018 following the merger of Central College and ncn in June 2017.

Well done to our hard-working GCSE students!

23/08/2018

Hundreds of our GCSE students collected their results from our Maid Marian Way campus today.

Nottingham College GCSE students - how to collect your results

21/08/2018

Current students awaiting GCSE results - here’s all you need to know about collecting results from Maid Marian Way

What next after GCSE results day?

21/08/2018

If you get your GCSE results and need some help with what to do next, read our latest blog post.