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Access to Higher Education Diploma

Access is an alternative route to enter university for adults. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification by Higher Education institutions in the UK.

If you want to go into Higher Education (HE) and study for a degree, but feel held back by a lack of qualifications or confidence, the Access to Higher Education course could be just what you need.

It allows people with a mature attitude towards learning, who may not have reached their full potential at school, or lack traditional qualifications, to return to education. The course is designed to build confidence, develop academic skills and fully prepare you for university.


Under 15 hours per week

Which campus:

Grimsby Institute, Nuns Corner

Entry Requirements:

GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths, depending upon your future career choice. Commitment and motivation to succeed are important, this course requires a mature approach to learning.

The course:

The Access Diploma is credit-based and validated by the awarding body: CERTA. To successfully complete, students must obtain 60 credits at level 3. These include 45 credits which are graded, pass, merit or distinction and 15 level 3 credits which are ungraded.

The Access Diploma offers a choice of four pathways. Students will need to select a pathway that is relevant to the Higher Education subject area that they wish to pursue. The pathways are: Humanities, Health Science Professions, Science and Education Professions. Units from each pathway are chosen that are relevant to individual career goals. All pathways include psychology and units of study skills.

What you will learn:

Study Skills including: essay and report writing, referencing and how to improve exam techniques. You will also be guided through the UCAS application process and given the opportunity to explore your course and career choices. Pathway unit choices include:

  • Humanities: English, Sociology, Business, Psychology
  • Health Science Professions: Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Science (Biology), Nursing
  • Science: Human Biology, Psychology, Science (Biology), Environmental Science
  • Education Professions: English, Education – Teaching and Learning, Human Biology, Psychology
  • Games Design: Computer Games Design, Game Engines, Preparation for Higher Education, Relational Database, Writing Reports, Research Project for Computer Gaming – Methodology, Create 3D Models, Games Project, Games Design Storyboarding, Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality, Software Fundamentals – OOD, Introduction to 3D, Academic Writing Skills

These are constantly reviewed and updated and may be changed in the future according to demand.

What next?

Successful students can progress to degree courses and Higher National Diplomas in a wide range of subject areas. Past students, for example, have undertaken degree courses in English, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Criminology, Computing, Business, Media Studies, Adult Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Biomedical Science, Environmental Studies and also Teacher Training.

They have attended a wide range of local universities including Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leeds, Bradford and Lincoln, with some going to universities further afield such as London and Cardiff. Many students progress to the wide range of degree courses available at University Centre, Grimsby Institute, franchised by some of the above universities.

The range of careers available to you will depend on your choice of Higher Education course.

Looking to Apply?

You can apply for an Access course via the Grimsby Institute, contact the Higher Education Admissions & Administration Office: 0800 328 3631.
Alternatively email [email protected] or
just click the apply button below and fill out the application form and we will be back in contact with you.


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Equal Opportunities

The TEC Partnership guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The TEC Partnership will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.