Access to Higher Education


Access to Higher Education is a one-year course offered at the Dartford campus, for adults over the age of 19 who do not have the traditional university entry requirements. We offer two Access Diplomas; Nursing and Healthcare Professions, and Humanities combined with Social Science.

The Access courses have a high success rate in getting our students into university and ultimately into their dream job. It can be difficult coming back into education after some time away. Our Access staff understand this and are able to guide you through the course to develop the academic skills and knowledge that you will need at university level.

Access to Nursing and Healthcare Professions is aimed at students who would like to study for a degree in all aspects of nursing, including; adult nursing, mental health nursing, children’s nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, radiography and public health. 

Access to Humanities combined with Social Science leads to a variety of degree programmes, including; social work, primary education, education studies, psychology, sociology and history. 

What will I learn?

Nursing and Healthcare Profession students will study Level 3 (A Level equivalent) units in psychology, biology and health studies. Humanities combined with Social Science students will study Level 3 units in psychology, sociology and history.

You are able to study English and Maths GCSE at NWKC while you are studying, if you need to. You will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of methods.

You will also receive help from your tutor to complete your university application form, if needed.

What qualification will I gain?

You will gain an Access Diploma to Higher Education. You may also be given the opportunity to study GCSE Maths and English. For explanations of our qualifications, please see our Qualification Explained page

What progression options will I have?

The Access qualification is designed to prepare you for higher education, either at NWKC or a university. As NWKC offers a range of undergraduate courses, the Access course could be the perfect platform to prepare you for our Higher Education programmes.

What costs are involved?

If you're aged 23 or below and do not already have a Level 3 qualification, you will not have to pay a tuition fee. If you're aged 23 or below and already have a Level 3 qualification, the tuition fee is £850, for more information on this please see our 19-23 Student Finance page. If you are over the age of 24 on the day the course starts, the tuition fee is approximately £3,300 (subject to change in 2014). The government has recently introduced 24+ Advanced Learning Loans to help you pay for this. For more information on student finances for over 24 year old's, please see our 24+ Student Finance page.

Additionally, all students will pay approximately £100 to the awarding body, LASER, and text books will cost approximately £100 - all costs are an approximate estimation and are subject to change.

Entry Requirements? 

There are no formal entry requirements, but you will need to attend an interview. Applicants are assessed in Maths and English before the interview.

Click here to view Access to Higher Education courses or call 0800 074 1447