Realise your potential.

Access to HE Diplomas provide a stepping stone to higher education, whether that be at college, university or through a higher-level apprenticeship. Most colleges and some online providers offer Access to HE Diplomas. They’re available in a range of subject areas and are designed to give you the essential skills needed to succeed in higher education. Courses vary in duration but generally last no longer than 12 months.

Access to HE students are diverse.

Of those registered to study
an Access to HE Diploma in 2017-2018


were female


were older than 25


were from ethnic

Access to HE Diploma students entering higher education in September 2017


were from a
disadvantaged area


were disabled

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“Overall, the Access to HE course
prepared me well for the demands of
university level study and equipped me
with skills that were transferable and
vital when undertaking more advanced

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply?

    The first point of contact should be the college where you would like to study. Skills and Education Group Access works with a wide range of Centres who offer a variety of diplomas.


    Search for diplomas in your area.

  • What support will I get?

    Before you start the course, the Centre will assess what help you will need to complete an Access to HE Diploma and advise you about a diploma that is appropriate to your needs.

  • What qualifications do I need to get started?

    No formal qualifications are usually required to be accepted onto Access to HE courses, but you should be committed to developing the ability to study.

  • Is there funding available for Access to HE Diplomas?

    As a learner, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help meet the costs of your course at a college or training provider in England.


    Eligibility for a loan does not depend on your income, and there are no credit checks. To find out if you could be eligible to use this, view more information here.


    Visit this website to view more information on 24+ Advanced Learning Loans.

  • What if I need more financial support other than for course fees?

    You may be entitled to further financial support through the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund. The Bursary Fund can be applied for once you receive your letter confirming your Advanced Learner Loan.


    The Fund is designed to help you cover the costs of accommodation and travel, course materials and equipment, child care, and/or classroom assistance for a disability and/or learning difficulty. For further information on the Bursary Fund, speak to your college or training provider. 

  • Is there an exam?

    No, your tutor will tell you more about how your learning is to be assessed. On most courses, your work will be assessed throughout the duration of your course by your tutor, and this does not involve exams (e.g. The coursework that you produce, such as computer printouts, projects or paintings, will show you and your tutor what you have learnt.).

  • How do I get my certificate?

    The Centre where you are learning is responsible for registering you with Skills and Education Group Access. Your Centre will notify us of your achievement and we will then issue your certificate, which will be sent to you.

  • How do I get a replacement certificate?

    Contact the Centre where you studied and ask them to submit a Replacement Certificate Request form. If the Centre is unable to help you, then you can submit a Replacement Certificate Request Form.


    The cost of a replacement certificate is as follows:


    • Replacement Certificate charge: £50
    • Letter of Verification charge: £50 (inclusive of search fee)
  • What if I am moving part way through my learning?

    Skills and Education Group Access credits are nationally recognised as part of national qualifications. This means that if you move to another part of the country, your credits may be able to move with you, and you can achieve more credits at your new location with a new Centre.

  • Who can I contact for career and course information?

    The National Careers Service is dedicated to helping learners get the advice they need for future skills, careers, work and life choices. Using specially designed tools, the National Careers Service will help learners move on in careers, or get a foot on the job ladder.

  • How can I make an appeal or complaint?

    If you have a complaint or want to make an appeal against an assessment decision, you will first need to contact your learning provider and follow their formal complaints and appeals process.


    If you are unhappy with the outcome, please call Skills and Education Group Access on 0115 854 1620 for further guidance.

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“At Skills and Education Group Access, we’re proud to work with learners who bring so much experience, determination, and enthusiasm to their studies.”