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Access to HE

An Access to HE (Higher Education) Diploma is a one-year programme that qualifies you for degree study at a university. You can study for one of these courses at Lewisham College or our sister institution, Southwark College, depending on your desired pathway.

Access to HE Diplomas are a great option if you’re 19 or over and want to study for a degree but don’t have the required qualifications.

At Lewisham College we offer Access to HE Diplomas in:

Our sister institution, Southwark College, offers these Access to HE Diplomas:

  • Dance
  • Fashion
  • Business
  • Teacher Training
  • Nursing
  • Science
  • Radiography
  • Music

Why should I study for an Access to HE Diploma?

  • They are well-established and widely accepted by universities
  • You’ll gain your qualification in just one year
  • You won’t have to pay upfront for the course if you take out an Advanced Learner Loan, which will be written off if you then complete a higher level course

Who is the Access to HE Diploma for?

It’s designed for adults (19+) who may have been out of full-time education for some time, want to apply to university, but don’t have the required qualifications. Some may be considering a career change.

Is the Access to HE Diploma recognised by universities?

Yes. Access to HE courses have been designed and developed with the support of universities. The Diploma qualifies for UCAS tariff points that are comparable to the tariff points for three A levels.

What entry qualifications do I need?

There are no standard entry qualifications for Access courses: each programme will have its own requirements.

All programmes look for GCSEs in maths and English at Grade 4, but if you don’t have these qualifications you should still apply, because equivalent qualifications, skills and experience are often accepted.

If you’re not quite ready to start an Access course, you can study on a one-year Pre-Access course in certain subjects, which will get you to the right standard for the Access Diploma.

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