Access to Higher Education

What Is An Access Course?

Are you over 19? Been out of the classroom for a while? Want a stepping stone towards a new career?

We offer a wide range of one year Access to Higher Education courses, where you will gain a relevant Level 3 qualification to move on to a university course. See below for our full list of Access courses.

Don't let anything stand in your way for that dream job or simply just update your skills. We know it may be difficult coming back into education but we are here for you every step of the way. 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.

Apply now for a September start and you could be starting a university course next year!

Take a Listen, why is an Access course for you?

Please note:

24+ loans can be applied for ALL our Access courses.

There are also childcare bursaries available on application for all our Access courses which will be means tested.


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 iGCSE 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 19-23 and have not previously gained a Level 3 qualification (A-Level equivalent) the tuition fee for all Access courses starting in September 2015 is free. However, if you're aged 19-23 and have the relevant qualifications the tuition fee for all Access courses starting in September 2015 is £1,250.

If you are over the age of 24 on the day the course starts, the tuition fee is variable depending on the course, and are around £3,000. The government introduced 24+ Advanced Learning Loans to help you pay for eligible Level 3 and Level 4 courses. For more information on student finances for over 24 year olds, please see our 24+ Student Finance page.

Progression straight onto university with no break from Access will result in your 24+ loan being written off.

Childcare bursaries are also available on Access courses and are means tested. We do have an on-site nursery available to all students.

In addition, all access courses are subject to registration fees, plus there may be charges for materials, trips and other external third party costs relating to your course; this information is available on request. 


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

Please see a list of all our Access courses (Level 3) below. Click on each to find out more information:

Art and Design

Built Environment
Business Studies
Humanities combined with Social Science
Motion Graphics and Animation
Nursing and Healthcare professions