Access to HE
If you are over 19 and want to progress to degree level study but do not have the required qualifications, a one-year Access to HE course could help.
Southwark College offers a range of Access to HE courses in a range of different subjects and prepares you for higher education by giving you both the relevant academic subject knowledge and the advanced study skills and techniques you will need to succeed.
Access to HE courses are particularly popular with those who are considering a career change or have been out of full-time education for some time but don’t have the required qualifications.
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance page. You can also find out more about an Advanced Learner Loan, which is a government loan available for anyone to apply for who is over 19, a UK resident and applying to study on a Level 3 to Level 6 course. This covers all or part of your tuition fees and is paid directly to the College and if you study on an Access to HE course and go on to achieve a Higher Education qualification, you will not need to pay back your loan.
Do universities accept an Access qualification?
Access to HE courses have been designed and developed with the support of universities. The Diploma will give you UCAS tariff points comparable to three A levels.
What entry qualifications do I need?
There are no standard entry qualifications for Access courses with each programme having its own requirements. All programmes look for GCSEs in Maths and English at Grade 4 or above but if you don’t have these qualifications equivalent qualifications, skills and experience may be accepted. Southwark College also offers courses in Maths and English to help you progress.
If you are not quite ready to start an Access course, you could apply for a one-year Diploma in Progression (Level 2) programme.