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!

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College strengthens its international presence with influential China visit

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College strengthens its international presence with influential China visit.

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11/01/2018

Automotive students selected for "Team UK" squad ahead of international Worldskills event.

IMI/College China Visit a Success

11/01/2018

A delegation from EMTEC Colleges Ltd., the automotive part of Nottingham College, has recently returned from China where they visited a series of colleges and polytechnics on external verification visits.

Jack's enterprising career journey shows he means business

09/01/2018

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Newly formed college proves top level HE excellence

20/12/2017

Nottingham College recognised for HE expertise by the QAA

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Sophie's college experience propels exciting photography career

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Student’s capturing of royal public engagement gains global recognition

05/12/2017

Foundation Degree Photography student, Harry Starbuck’s creative expertise is “hot off the press” hitting national and global headlines - following his captivating photo of the newly engaged royal couple’s first public appearance.

Young cooks of the future put their skills to the test

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Nottingham visit

30/11/2017

Prince Harry is coming to Nottingham with his new fiancée Meghan Markle tomorrow (Friday 1st December) for their first official engagement as a couple.

Nottingham College Apprentice Wins Bronze at Worldskills UK

27/11/2017

A motor-vehicle apprentice from Nottingham College scooped a bronze medal at the Worldskills UK national finals on 18 November.