What is an Access to HE Diploma?

If you're wondering what an Access to HE Diploma is, we have everything you need to know about the qualification here!

What is an Access to HE Diploma?

An Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised level three qualification that offers an alternative to the traditional route to university. The courses are equivalent to three A Levels and they don't include exams, making them the ideal choice for anyone returning to education who are considering progressing to university in the future.

The diplomas are designed to be completed within two years from home, and once you have successfully completed your course you will receive UCAS points to help you get into university.

The learning materials and units are centred around the end goal of studying a specific course at university. So, whether you want to study a degree in healthcare, education, social sciences, or business to name a few,  there is an Access to HE course out there to help you achieve your goals.

Who is it for?

Access to HE courses are designed for anyone looking to change their career or return to education. Created for learners aged 19 and over, Access to HE Diplomas gives students of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to access an education that will enable them to achieve their dream career.

We understand that it can be daunting if you haven't studied since you left school, which is why our diplomas have been carefully designed to meet the needs of those who are returning to education, whether that is to benefit their current career or change it entirely.

So, whatever your circumstances, these courses can help you take your first step towards achieving your undergraduate degree.

Getting to university...

Access to HE Diplomas are tailored to specific subject areas that will prepare you for your chosen undergraduate degree. Your course materials will provide you with relevant knowledge of your chosen subject to help you understand how to approach your degree. The course will help you develop both the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your university studies.

As a nationally recognised qualification, Access to HE Diplomas are widely accepted by universities throughout the UK. As the equivalent to three A Levels, students will gain the equivalent UCAS points they need to support their UCAS application for their chosen university course.

Universities are involved in the development of the learning materials for Access to HE courses to ensure that the unit content is relevant. This means that learners completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma will feel prepared and ready to progress to university.

Every year, approximately 20,000 students apply to a UK university having studied an Access to HE Diploma, and they go on to study a wide range of subjects.

Here at Open Study College, we offer an Access to HE Diploma (Health) course which is ideal for students looking to study a healthcare-related degree at university and achieve a career in healthcare, nursing, or midwifery.

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What is an Access to HE Diploma?