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Access to Higher Education


Access to Higher Education courses are designed to give you a fast-track route to degree-level study if you have been out of education for some time or do not have the entry qualifications for university. Access courses are recognised as entry qualifications by Universities across the UK. You can also progress onto one of the HNC/HND or Foundation Degree programmes at Tresham University Centre.

We offer full and part-time study programmes to help you to fit your studies around existing family and work commitments. Different study pathways also enable you to focus on the core subjects that you will need for further study specialisms such as Teaching, Midwifery, Social Work, Nursing, Law, History, English or Science.

New this year we are also offering a new way to study our Healthcare and Humanities pathways. Blended learning combines online tutorials with on campus classes, giving you the flexibility to choose how, where and when you study.

Many of our students have not been in education for some time and this course helps you to develop your study skills and build on your confidence levels, giving you the knowledge and abilities to succeed in a degree level programme.



Progression: Business BTEC HNC/HND at Bedford College or progress onto a university degree in Business, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing or similar fields.


Progression: You could progress on to Computing HNC/ HND at Bedford College or study a range of degrees such as Computer Sciences, Computer Networking, Computer Graphics & Visualisations, Software Engineering, Programming Language Theory and much more at other universities.


Progression: Foundation degree in Health and Social Care, Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Health or any other health related degree courses.


Progression: Foundation Degree in Pyschology and Crime or study a degree in a range of Humanities & Social sciences fields, History, English Literature, Sociology, Criminology or Law at other universities.


Progression: You could go on to study Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Microbiology, Biology, Physics, Zoology, Physiotherapy, Forensic Science and Pharmacy at university.


Progression: Degree-level courses leading to a certificate in post compulsory education at Tresham College or Bedford College.


Progression: Progression onto the Access to Higher Education course.

Click here to view our Access Brochure, giving you all the information you need before deciding which pathway is the best for you.

Need to study part time?

We offer two year part time study options – for more information click here

What will my course cost?

The cost of studying the Access to Higher Education programme depends on your age and your existing qualifications.

If you are aged 19 – 23 and this is your first Level 3 qualification then you will not have to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course, you can pay for your course fees with an Advanced Learning Loan. This loan is not means tested, and is only repayable once you have completed the course and you are earning over £21,000 per annum. In addition, when you complete a higher education degree, this loan will be cancelled and will not need to be repaid.

Pre-Access to Higher Education

The Pre-Access course is ideal if you would like to enter the Access to Higher Education course but haven’t got the necessary GCSE grades. Click here for course details.

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