Our Access to Higher Education courses build the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to progress on to higher education in the subject area youre interested in. They are recognised as entry qualifications by universities across the UK.
You will gain a good introduction to your chosen subject, develop your study skills and increase your confidence and ability with this level of study. The course takes one year and, on completion, you will gain an Access to Higher Education Diploma. All pathways will include compulsory English and maths, as well as research skills units. You will also need to have good IT skills as all of your assignments will be carried out using either Word, Excel or PowerPoint. You can undertake IT Skills at our Learning Centres based in Corby and Kettering. The Health Professions pathway includes the study of human biology and psychology or health studies.
This programme is recognised by all UK universities and higher education establishments as an entry qualification for degree level study. Previous students have progressed on to degrees and Higher National Diplomas both at Tresham University Centre and other universities in a wide range of subject areas.
Course assessment is carried out through a variety of methods, including essays, seminars, projects, presentations and exams.
If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans.
If you complete one of our Access to Higher Education courses and use an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your tuition fee, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on the Advanced Learner Loan if you then go on to complete an undergraduate course.
18 year olds may apply and will need to have English Language and Maths GCSE at grade C (4) or above or equivalent level 2 qualifications before the start of the course and be subject to a successful interview. Successful applicants will be in college for 3 days per week and will also be required to undertake a relevant work placement for up to 150 hours (which will support in providing valuable experience to include in UCAS applications aiding progression to Higher Education). A work placement officer may be able to support you in finding suitable places. You will also be subject to a successful DBS check. If you are successful you may qualify for a free place. Alternatively we offer Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds.
Pay by instalments
The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.
In order for learners to progress on to an undergraduate degree at a British university, it is essential that learners have achieved a minimum of a grade C in GCSE Maths and English (and Science if they wish to train as a Primary School teacher). Any learner who has not achieved these qualifications prior to enrolling on to the Access to HE programme should enrol on to our Pre-Access programme, which consists of Maths, English and/or Science GCSE as well as the academic study skills package taught on the Access programme. (Please note, only Science GCSE may be sat alongside the Access course). Learners wishing to undertake the Pre-Access to HE GCSE retake programme must have achieved either a Grade D in their GCSE retake subject or achieved Level 2 in a respective Functional Skill.
You will be in college for three days per week and for most Access courses will have to also undertake a relevant work placement for up to 150 hours (which is a requirement for some courses). A work placement officer may be able to support you in finding suitable places. You may have to
complete a successful DBS check. If you are successful you may qualify for a free place. Alternatively, we offer Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds.