Information for Potential Access to HE Students

 

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Introduction

Certa is an awarding organisation for the Access to HE Diploma.   This means we hold a licence from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to assure the quality and fitness for purpose of the Access to HE courses which are delivered by providers including further education colleges. 

You may have the potential and ability to study for a degree or professional qualification but have been unable to do so because your education was disrupted due to family, financial, social or personal circumstances.  You may have few, if any, formal qualifications, have been out of education for some years and thought you had missed any opportunity to pursue goals of higher education.

People on Access to HE courses come from a broad age range, varied backgrounds and from different ethnic groups.  What they share is a desire and potential to study for a degree or professional qualification successfully. 

Every Access to HE course is made up of a variety of academic subjects supported by a compulsory core element.  The academic subjects are related to the course students hope to study at university.  While you may have experience in life and in work, you may have little or no recent experience of studying.  To help with this, the core element will include study skills and will give you the essential skills needed to become a confident student and problem solver. 

The Access to HE Diploma has been specially developed to provide you with a second chance to go on to a degree or diploma programmes in higher education or in other professional areas.

Case Studies of Previous Students

Do have a look at what some Access to HE students have to say about their experiences of the course.

How to Apply?

The first point of contact should be the provider/college where you would like to study.  Certa works with the following providers/colleges who offer a range of diplomas.  No formal qualifications are usually required to be accepted on to Access to HE courses but you should be committed to developing the ability to study.  At an informal interview, the provider will assess what help you will need to complete an Access to HE course and advise about a programme of study that is appropriate to your needs. 

You can apply at any time but it is advisable to apply early.  Colleges hold open events for many of the programmes and at these events, you can find out more about the programmes and meet tutors and current students.  Contact the providers/colleges of choice or visit their websites for more information about entry requirements, open events etc.

How to Fund Studies

The under-mentioned links give further information:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

https:/www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/eligibility

Colleges offering the Access to HE Diploma and Names of Diplomas (not all Diplomas may be offered each academic year - please do check with the College)

Academy Online Learning Ltd

  • Health Science Professions

Dearne Valley College (Part of RNN Group)

  • Health Science Professions 

Doncaster College

  • Health Science Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

East Riding College (Beverley)

  • Health Science Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

  • Health Science Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Harrogate College (Part of Hull College Group)

  • Health Science Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Hull College (Part of Hull College Group)

  • Art and Design
  • Health Science Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law

Kirklees College

  • Art and Design
  • Health Science Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Leeds Arts University

  • Art and Design

Leeds City College

  • Business
  • Computing
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Science Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Science
  • Sport

North Lindsey College

  • Health Science Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Northern College for Residential Adult Training (Barnsley)

  • Computing
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds)

  • Contemporary Dance

North Nottinghamshire College (Part of RNN Group)

  • Art and Design
  • Health Science Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Rotherham College of Arts & Technology (Part of RNN Group)

  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science

Selby College

  • Health Science Professions

The Sheffield College

  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • Computing
  • Digital and Creative Media
  • Health Science Professions 
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science
  • Sport

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