Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities
The Access to HE Diploma is intended to prepare people without traditional entry qualifications for degree level study at university. It may also be used by people wishing to make a career change or who have been out of formal education for a significant time in order to gain the skills and confidence required for direct progression to employment or further study.
It is regulated by QAA and widely recognised as a progression route by universities across the UK. Credits are accumulated throughout the course towards the Access Diploma and are equivalent entry qualifications to A-Levels.
We currently offer two different pathways and a pre-access to HE course. Both pathways (Humanities & Social Science and Nursing & Health Professions) are modular giving you choice in the subjects you study. All students produce a portfolio of work built throughout the course and formal assessments throughout the year, which may include (dependent on subjects chosen): essays, presentations, coursework, experiment reports, and timed in-class exercises.
The pre-access course is designed specifically for mature students who are returning to education after a period of time and are planning to progress onto the full-time Access to Higher Education course, or as preparation for any number of further education courses. You will gain the necessary skills to further your studies including: English language, Maths/statistics and ICT.
If you would like to go on to Higher Education in the future but don't know where to start, apply for Ashford College today!
With these courses, you can progress onto further studies in areas such as:
These are just a few of the areas available, but the list is endless and you can choose the area you go into.
Q: Can I go to university without A Levels?
A: Yes, the Access course allows students over the age of 18 who do not have sufficient academic qualifications for entering university to complete the required studies.
Q: How long does the Access course take?
A: We start in September and you’ll be finished by the end of June the following year, starting university in September of the same year.
Q: Is the Access course worth the same UCAS points as A Levels?
A: In short: yes. An Access course has 45 credits awarded at Pass, Merit and Distinction, these range between 48 and 144 UCAS tariff points, depending on your grade profile.
Q: What is the difference between Access and A Levels?
A: There is no difference between the qualifications in terms of allowing you to enter higher education. However, the Access course is structured differently to A Levels and there are no final public exams to sit. You will learn through discussion and debate, rather than just from textbooks. Crucially, Access takes 1 year rather than 2, so it’s pretty intense.
If you have any further questions about our Access to HE courses, please contact the college on 01233 743100 or by email at email@example.com
Hear from Guy - Access Student/Pathway Champion
‘The Access to HE course has allowed me to see that there is a magnitude of options open to me. It also helped me realise what I enjoy, and that I am capable of more than I previously thought I was. I am now going onto a degree in education.’
Hear from Connor - Access Student
"I had a definitive goal of wanting to do paramedicine but with no A Levels I did Access at Ashford. I only applied near the start of the course and I'm so glad I did as a year later I'm now at University studying paramedicine." Read more of Connor's story on our blog.
Hear from Chloe - Access Student
I wouldn’t be going to Uni without this Access to HE course. It gave me the confidence to do it. If you had told me a year ago that I’d go to University to do Criminology and Psychology I wouldn't have believed you. The support at Ashford along the way was incredible.
If you are 16 to 18-years-old and want to explore your options then apply today.
Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway.
We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.
At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.
If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below: