Access to Higher Education


Access Your Future Career

If you are considering a return to education, or you want to improve your chances of career progression an Access course could be the answer. 

We offer a broad range of Access to Higher Education/Undergraduate courses which have been designed for adults aged 19+ who have been out of full time education for some time and are aiming to join university or undergraduate courses. Access courses are one year part time courses and are nationally recognised Level 3 qualifications, validated by the awarding body OCNLR (The Open College Network London Region).

You will be required to take GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics in conjunction with their Access course if they do not already have these qualifications at grade C or above.


New Courses for 2017 

  • Access to Higher Education – Digital Marketing & Social Media
  • Access to Higher Education – Health & Social Care
  • Access to Higher Education – Media Studies
  • Access to Higher Education – Sport Science



Many of our Access students progress on to university level courses, however you are advised to check that you meet specific university entrance requirements for the course you plan to study on completion of your Access course, as these will vary from one course to another. For some courses, compulsory subject requirements may also apply.

See below for our full listing.


Advanced Learning Loans

Aged 19-23 and already have a Level 3 qualification?

Aged 24 or over and thinking about a Level 3 or Level 4 course?

If you are starting a course on or after 1 August 2016 you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help you to pay the tuition fees charged by the College. It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £21,000 a year and repayments do not start until April 2018 or the April of the year following the course end. If your loan is for an Access Course and you progress to complete a Higher Education programme, you will not have to pay back your FE Ioan - it is written off!

To qualify you must be:

  • Aged 19-23 and already have a Level 3 qualification
  • Aged 24 or over on the first day of your course (there is no upper age limit)
  • Living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the
  • Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this
  • Enrolling on an eligible course at Level 3 or Level 4 which includes; A Levels, Access to HE Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates, Advanced Apprenticeships or Higher Apprenticeships


How to apply

You can apply online or download an application form from overview. To apply you will need to be issued a Learning and Funding letter by admissions, this is normally issued prior to your enrolment.


Making the right choice

It’s important you consider your own circumstances and look into all the options for paying your course before choosing to take out a loan. You can get independent financial advice from the Money Advice Service at More information can be found at

View OCN's YouTube videos for further information on Access to HE:

What is Access to HE

What is Access to HE Diploma? How can it help social mobility?



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