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Access to Higher Education and Employment

Access Nursing

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 and International students aged 16+. 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 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.*

* Not applicable for International Students


We offer a variety of Access to HE Diploma and NQF 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.

You can find out more about Advanced Learner Loans here.

Please note: Advanced Learner Loans are not available for International Students.

Not sure what you'd like to study?

Are you interested in Access to Higher Education and Employment but not sure which course is right for you? You can receive Careers Advice before you decide which course is best for you! Apply through our Application Portal using the link below and our Careers Advisors will help you find the perfect course that's suited to you!

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Access to Higher Education: Sports Science - Full-time

The purpose of the course is to give you with the skills and knowledge to progress into Higher Education with the Sports Sciences disciplines.

Access to Higher Education: Health and Social Care - Full-time

If you are interested in a career working with families, children and young people, the elderly or vulnerable people, this course could be the one for you.

Applied Science: Pre-Access to Science and Nursing (19+) (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and have a passion for, and interest, in science and want to explore degree-level study and career options in a healthcare science, nursing and midwifery, social care or any medical profession

Access to Higher Education: Teaching - Full-time

This course will prepare you for a degree in teacher training at either primary or secondary level, giving you the theoretical and practical skills you’ll need to succeed.

Access to Higher Education: Social Sciences - Full-time

The social sciences focus on human behaviour: why do we do the things we do? What do we value as individuals and as a society? What makes us tick? Interested? Read on!

Access to Higher Education: Photography - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want the techniques needed to take consistently high-quality photographs, as well as getting the skills and insight necessary for a career in the exciting world of photography or a related industry.

Access to Higher Education: Media and Journalism - Full-time

With the world of media and journalism continuing to expand into exciting new areas, this is a fantastic course for those who want to pursue their talents in this field further at university.

Access to Higher Education: Games Design - Full-time

This course is perfect if you play games and want to learn how to make them. If gaming is your thing and you dream of creating the next best-selling game and seeing your name on the credits, this is the…

Access to Higher Education: Art, Design and Fashion - Full-time

Access to Art and Design is an intensive one year course devised to support mature learners into studying the subject at university level.

Access to Higher Education: Life Sciences - Full-time

Learn about the core science subjects in order to develop a good level of knowledge and understanding of the life sciences sector and the range of biomedical, biochemistry, healthcare or medical disciplines within the sector.

Access to Higher Education: Law - Full-time

Law is a fascinating subject and offers up many different career options.

Access to Higher Education: Business - Full-time

A career in business can take you into all kinds of industries in all kinds of places all over the world.

Access to Higher Education: Science - Full-time

You’ll learn a range of skills across all three core science fields and develop your skills in research techniques, report writing, presentation skills and writing laboratory reports.

Access to Higher Education: Social Sciences, Humanities and International Relations - Full-time

This course covers a broad range of skills and gain insight into sociology, politics, psychology, social history and more!

Access to Higher Education: Social Work - Full-time

This course will prepare you for a degree in social work or social sciences giving you a great foundation in the knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed at this level.

Access to Higher Education: Nursing and Midwifery - Full-time

This course will prepare you for a degree in either subject area, equipping you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to progress onto this level of study.

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