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Access routes

Access routes

Access to HE Diploma

For some of our courses, a foundation year might not be available, or our Admissions Tutors may feel that you’re not quite ready for university study yet.  In these cases, we will often recommend an Access to HE Diploma.  Access to HE courses attract a diverse range of students from a variety of different backgrounds, and with no upper age limit are an ideal starting point for mature students who wish to return to study. 

The Access diploma is taught at colleges all around the UK, in a variety of subject areas.  Health and Social Care is a particularly popular Access course for those who go on to do our Social Work or Occupational Therapy degrees for example.  The Diploma can usually be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

If you’re not sure which route is best for you at the stage you’re currently at, then why not contact our enquiries team who can discuss your options with you.  If there isn’t a suitable foundation year option with us, then we’ll point you in the direction of a local college and let you know which Access course might be best for you.


Foundation year route

If you do not meet the standard entry requirements for our three year degree programmes, you may wish to consider undertaking a Foundation Year. 

Whether you have non-traditional qualifications, want to study a subject that is new to you or have had a break from education and wish to return this 'kick-start' year will provide you with an opportunity to access a full honours degree.

Our foundation programmes are typically four-years long, allowing an additional year to gain the skills and knowledge that are needed for degree level study. 

Once you have successfully passed the foundation year, you automatically progress onto the first year of your chosen degree programme.’

See our foundation year pages to find out which of our courses are available with a foundation year.


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