Why choose these courses?

Upon successful completion of this one year course, you will be in a position to apply to university. Regardless of your past achievements, grades or personal circumstances, an Access course could help you find the career you have always wanted.

Courses and locations 

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) covers biology, chemistry and physics, and learners will have the opportunity to study all three subjects equally to give a balanced view of skills to enable progression to science based degree programmes. Practical laboratory work will be undertaken throughout the course.
Minimum entry requirement for Access to HE Diploma: Functional Skills Level 2 Literacy & Numeracy although your chosen degree course may require GCSE's.

ACL Colchester - daytime
ACL Maldon - daytime
ACL Basildon - daytime

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science)
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) provides the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on sociology, psychology and criminology which underpin most social science degrees. You will be able to research an area of interest in more depth and complete units which will support study and personal skills.
Minimum entry requirement for Access to HE Diploma: Functional Skills Level 2 Literacy & Numeracy although your chosen degree course may require GCSE's.

ACL Colchester - daytime
ACL Maldon - daytime
ACL Basildon - daytime

Certificate in Preparing for Further Study in Science
Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Certificate in Preparing for Further Study in Science prepares learners to move on to an Access to HE Diploma. If you have aspirations to enter higher education but do not yet meet the entry requirements for an Access to HE course, then this qualification will build the relevant knowledge and understanding in Science. You will also develop and practise study skills for successful progression onto Level 3 courses.
No minimum entry requirement although you will be encouraged to achieve Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSE's if you haven't already done so.

ACL Basildon - evening

Certificate in Preparing for Further Study in Health, Social Care and Social Work
Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Certificate in Preparing for Further Study in Health, Social Care and Social Work prepares learners to move on to an Access to HE Diploma. If you have aspirations to enter higher education but do not yet meet the entry requirements for an Access to HE course, then this qualification will build the relevant knowledge and understanding in psychology and sociology. You will also develop and practise study skills for successful progression onto Level 3 courses.
No minimum entry requirement although you will be encouraged to achieve Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSE's if you haven't already done so.  

ACL Clacton - evening

What to do next

You have two options:

1) Attend an Assessment and Enrolment Session (Access to HE & Preparing for Access). This session provides the opportunity for information, advice and guidance regarding our Access to HE Diplomas, and our Preparation for Access courses. During the session, you will be able to speak to an Access Tutor and complete assessment tasks in preparation for enrolment. ​

2) We are happy to provide you with more information about our new Access courses before you make a decision. To book an appointment and talk through your options call 0345 603 7635, or view the full list of Access courses.

Ever wondered where our Access to Higher Education courses could take you? View the diagram below for just a few examples of careers and subjects!