University Level

Access to Higher Education

Exeter College Access to Higher Education

What is Access?

The Access to Higher Education Diplomas are a well established and a very successful route into university level study for adult students who may lack formal entry qualifications, wish to pursue a change of career and/or need to develop confidence and practice in their study skills.

These diplomas can also improve your general education and are specifically designed to help you progress on to professional advanced training. The range of modules available allows you to access a wide variety of courses at university level such as nursing, social work, teaching and psychology.

All lecturers involved in the courses are experienced and dedicated teachers of adults who take pride in the achievments of all their students. You will be taught and assessed through a combination of lectures, small group work, practical exercises, group discussions, seminars and tutorials. You will collect evidence of your work from 20 units over 36 weeks and present it as a portfolio of work.

Who can apply?

  • This qualification is for students aged 19 and over
  • You must have achieved GCSE English and Maths at grade C or 4 or above
  • You must have achieved GCSE science at grade C or 4 (for Science, Healthcare and Diplomas only)

We are looking for applicants with:

  • A high level of motivation to be an independent student with a willingness for self study
  • The commitment to study a full time, challenging course
  • Evidence of recent study is desirable
  • A clear idea of the university level programmes that you wish to apply for

How to Apply


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If you are aged 19+ and studying a Level 3 to Level 6 qualification, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for course fees. For more details of how you can cover the costs of your course with an Advanced Learner Loan, click here.

If you have any questions about the Advanced Learner Loan, please do not hesitate to contact our Professional & Adult Learning Adviser on 01392 272260 or

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