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Access to Higher Education


Access to Higher Education courses are a fast track route to undergraduate study if you have been out of education for some time or do not have the entry qualifications for university.

We offer full and part-time study programmes to help you 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 or Science.

Some of our pathways can also be studied as a blended learning option, which combines online tutorials with on-campus classes, giving you the flexibility to choose how, where and when you study.



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


Progression: You could study a Foundation Degree in Psychology & Crime at Tresham College of Bedford College or study a degree in a range of Humanities & Social Sciences fields, History, English Literature, Sociology, Criminology or Law at university.


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


Progression: You could study undergraduate courses leading to an Educational Practice Foundation Degree or 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. Paying back your loan is simple – you’ll only have to start making repayments in the April after you complete your course and only when you’re earning over £25,575 per year. Payments are automatically taken from your earnings through HMRC. Repayments will be 9% of anything you earn over the £25,725 threshold. So if, for example, you are earning a salary of £27,000 per year, repayments would be calculated as 9% of £1275, which equals a £9 repayment per month.

If your salary falls below the earning threshold, repayments will stop. If you have not repaid your loan within 30 years the outstanding debt will be written off.

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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