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Our Access to Higher Education (HE) courses are designed for those who have some life experience outside of formal education and who would like to study at university but don’t yet have the qualifications to gain entry. Access to Higher Education diplomas can help you to bridge the gap and are the perfect way to prepare yourself academically, and get the right qualifications to study at degree level, either at our own University Centre St Helens or another university.

Each diploma is tailored to a specific subject area and is a popular route by which many adult learners enter university and go on to enjoy successful careers. You will develop the academic/vocational skills you need and gain confidence and understanding of studying at a higher level. Whether you’ve just started to plan your future career, or looking for a change in career direction, Access to HE is the ideal first step to get you started.

Financial Support

If you are aged 19 or over, you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the main course fees. It is not means tested and for Access to HE students only, this is written off when you have finished your degree. If you are aged 19 - 23, you may be eligible to study the course free of charge. More information can be supplied upon application.