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Access to Higher Education

Prepare, Focus, Progress.

Getting back into education

Our Access to Higher Education courses are ideal for those who have taken a break from their education or if you are thinking of a new pathway in your career or your studies

The range of courses below are delivered over a period of one academic year. They provide an intensive overview of the subject alongside the skills you’ll need to prepare yourself for university level study. The qualification gained is widely recognised by universities and is the equivalent of studying three A-levels.

Classroom and Online Courses available


Many of our courses are delivered on-site, in a traditional classroom/laboratory/workshop setting. This gives you regular face-to-face contact with their tutors, and access to all the great college facilities and amenities. These courses are taught part-time over two or three days per week in college, and require 30 hours a week study commitment. This is a great option for those in part time employment, or those who have other commitments, such as childcare.


Our Access to Humanities course is now being delivered through a combination of two remote, online classes in the evenings each week, alongside a one Saturday per term face-to-face lesson in college. This online course also requires a commitment of 30 hours a week for study time. The course can provide flexibility, help you develop your independence and still provide you with the tutor support and guidance you need to help you progress to Higher Education with confidence.



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What’s next?

Once you have completed an Access to Higher education course with us, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to study at a number of Institutes of Higher Education, on HNC, HND or Degree level pathways.

All of our Access to Higher Education courses provide you with 60 Credits, 45 of these being from graded units and the remaining 15 from ungraded units. These will count towards your university offers for UCAS points.

We have a range of Higher Education courses you can study with us, designed to help you progress further in your chosen pathways. If you’d like to find out more, follow the link below to see our range of Higher Education courses that we offer.

Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans are available to cover the cost of full or part time courses for those aged over 19.

Once you have completed a Higher Education course, your outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balance for an Access to Higher Education course can be written off. This means you don’t have to repay it.*

*The Higher Education course must be eligible for student finance.

The Student Perspective

“On completion of my GCSEs, the prospect of cementing a career at such a young age seemed unnatural to me. After spending some years travelling, creeping closer to the big 3-0, I decided that I would like a career in chiropractics. It didn’t take long to discover that in order to gain entry to university, I would need to complete further education.

As my gateway to university, the Access to Higher Education: Sport Science course at Chichester College has provided me with the fundamental knowledge and a broadened comprehension of modules including sport psychology, physiology, anatomy, and socio-cultural studies.

It is all thanks to the incredible knowledge, support, and guidance from the course leaders, that have now secured a place as a mature student to study Master of Chiropractic – Mchiro (Hons) at AECC University.”

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