Access to Higher Education courses

If you’re keen to study higher education but don’t have the necessary qualifications or experience, don’t worry. In just 12 months, our Access to Higher Education (HE) programme will get you ready for degree-level study, either at B&FC or at another education institution.

Access to HE courses

What are the entry requirements?

3 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. They must include Maths and English.

If you don't have Maths or English qualifications you can study one alongside your Access to HE course.

What will it cost?

Depending on your circumstances you may not have to pay course fees – check our Tuition Fees for Further Education.

If you are required to pay for your Access to HE course, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost.

And if you go on to complete a higher education course, Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe.

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans.

No qualifications?

If you want to do an Access to HE course in either Nursing and Midwifery or Social Sciences but don't have the qualifications outlined above, we offer a 1-year course that leads directly onto either of these.

You must be 19 or over and if you don't have at least a grade 4 (previously grade C) in GCSE Maths and English you will need to sign up for both of these.

This course runs for 6 hours on Wednesdays at our University Centre and covers Human Physiology, Psychology and Sociology.

Assessment is by coursework only - there are no exams.

Find out more about the course and funding by contacting Martin Cranshaw on 01253 504 475 or

Course Course Code
Health and Social Science (Pre Access) - Level 2 SD1FE08

Which degree-level courses are offered by B&FC?

Download our guide to degree-level courses starting September 2020.

Expert tutor Ricardo

“I’d always been fascinated by science and technology”

Forty-two-year-old Ricardo Prada left school to begin a series of manual jobs until back problems and surgery forced him to quit work and to reconsider his future.

“I’d always been fascinated by science and technology,” Ricardo explains, “but I knew I’d need to have qualifications to get a career in this area and I couldn’t even remember what I’d got at school.”

He took GCSEs in English, Maths and Science, followed by the one-year Access to HE course and is now in his second year of the FD/BSc (Hons) Human Bioscences.

"I’m really enjoying it," he says. "The tutors are great – they’ve been through it all so you learn so much."

Ricardo’s keeping his options open about what to do for a career. He goes on:

"I’m hoping my work placement will spark some ideas but I like the idea of working in a hospital path lab. I want to make a difference and make my children proud."

Find out more

For start dates, click on the course title above.

For anything else, or to discuss your suitability for this course, please contact Course Enquiries on T 01253 504 343 or email the Programme Leader:

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