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Access to High­er Edu­ca­tion and Employment

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!

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.

What is an Access Course?

Access cours­es are a fast-track route to degree-lev­el study and are specif­i­cal­ly designed for adults aged 19+ return­ing to edu­ca­tion. They are the most wide­ly recog­nised one year pre-uni­ver­si­ty cours­es in the UK and have a very strong stand­ing with all uni­ver­si­ties since they incor­po­rate study skills, as well as sub­ject and work spe­cif­ic the­o­ry for careers in many areas.

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.

What is the entry criteria?

You’ll find spe­cif­ic entry cri­te­ria list­ed on each course below. 

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. 

What are the study hours?

Although Access cours­es are full time, timeta­bles are designed to suit your out­side com­mit­ments such as work and fam­i­ly. Timeta­bles will vary depend­ing on the sub­ject area cho­sen but you can expect 12 – 15 hours per week of timetabled ses­sions at col­lege, which are typ­i­cal­ly spread over three days per week from 9am-4pm.

Depend­ing on your start­ing point and if you’re avail­able to attend longer days, two days per week may be possible. 

Levels

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

How much does it cost and is there funding available?

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 £26,575 per year. What’s more, if you go on to complete a higher education course 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.

What can I study?

We offer Access Cours­es in 15 sub­jects. Some are tai­lored towards cer­tain career areas like law or nurs­ing and oth­ers cov­er broad­er areas includ­ing sci­ence, social sci­ences and busi­ness. You can find a full list below:

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Access to Higher Education: Art, Design and Fashion (includes Pre-Access) (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and want to hone your talents and develop your interests in new areas to prepare for future study.

Access to Higher Education: Business (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and would like a good grounding in studying aspects of business to prepare you for university-level study.

Access to Higher Education: Criminal Justice and Policing (including Law) - Full-time

A Criminal justice and Policing Access to HE Diploma is for you if you want to pursue a career in the Police for or to study criminology.

Access to Higher Education: Games Design (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if gaming is your thing, you are aged 19+, and you dream of creating the next best-selling game and seeing your name on the credits.

Access to Higher Education: Health and Social Care (19+) - Full-time

If you are aged 19+ and 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.

Access to Higher Education: Law (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and would like to go on to study law or a related subject at university and want a good grounding to help you prepare.

Access to Higher Education: Life Sciences (19+) including Pre-Access - Full-time

If you are aged 19+ and have an interest in biology and would like a career based on deepening our understanding of living organisms, then this could be the course for you.

Access to Higher Education: Media and Journalism (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and would like to prepare for university-level study in the exciting and ever-changing world of media and journalism.

Access to Higher Education: Nursing and Midwifery (19+) - Full-time

If you are aged 19+ and want to pursue a career in adult, child or mental health nursing, midwifery or other health professions, this course will put you on the right track.

Access to Higher Education: Photography (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ 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: Science (19+) including Pre-Access - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and would like to develop your core science skills ahead of university-level study.

Access to Higher Education: Social Science (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and interested in taking an in-depth look at human behaviour; crime and punishment; how crime and punishment are related to other social issues and why certain groups may be societally victimised.

Access to Higher Education: Social Work (19+) - Full-time

If you are aged 19+ and passionate about helping people, and would like to progress towards a career in social work or similar then this could be the course for you.

Access to Higher Education: Sports Sciences (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and want to progress to a higher level of study and ultimately to pursue a career in the sports industry.

Access to Higher Education: Teaching (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and want to prepare for degree-level study, with the ultimate goal being to become a teacher or work in a related profession.

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