Access to Higher Education


Access to Higher Education courses are designed for adults aged 19+ who have been out of full time education for some time and are aiming to join university or higher education courses. Access courses are nationally recognised Level 3 qualifications, validated by the awarding body OCNLR (The Open College Network London Region).

It is strongly advisable to have GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above before undertaking an Access Diploma. If you do not have these qualifications, you will be given the opportunity to study them at Kingston College alongside the Access course. This applies to the majority of our Access courses, though some require the prior achievement of GCSEs in English and Maths so please check the Entry Requirements carefully.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress.  

Learners aged 24 or over may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan to study on an Access to HE diploma course. If the learner goes onto HE, the 24+ advanced learning loan will be written off once the HE course has been completed. 

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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