Your ticket to Higher Education
Access to Higher Education (HE) courses are nationally recognised Level 3 programmes, designed for adults 19+ to gain entry to Higher Education.
We offer two Ascentis Access to HE pathways: Science and Health and Social Care. These are taught on a full-time basis, three days per week at our City Centre Campus. Access to Higher Education is a Quality Assurance Agency recognised entry qualification for degree or diploma level studies at all universities in the UK, for a wide range of subjects.
The Access to Higher Education course is designed to prepare you for a higher education qualification. The programme will develop your skills and confidence to enable you to embark on a successful higher education career. Alongside your academic studies you will be supported by a personal tutor who will guide you through your UCAS application, monitor your well-being and prepare you for your progression to higher education.
Our Access to HE courses are studied over one-year, these are full time study programmes, delivered face to face over three days per week at our City Centre Campus. Throughout the programme, you will complete a range of different assessments designed to help you prepare for university including: group work, essays, examinations and presentations. Before applying to study one of Access HE Courses, we recommend researching the entry requirements of your chosen Higher Education Provider (HEI) so you can make sure you choose the best Diploma pathway for your needs.
The UCAS website provides useful information on higher education and the different courses available. What University Course Should You Study? (ucas.com)
- How does it work?
We recommend selecting your chosen University course beforehand, then you can look at the entry requirements and work out which Access to HE pathway is best for you. You can contact the College to discuss options before or after applying, and our careers and Access team will be happy to help. Once you are on the course your Tutor will work with you to map out your target grades, so you are clear about how you can get the most out of your programme. We have a supportive team and framework for adults and can tailor this support to meet your needs. Our Careers team will also be on hand throughout your studies to help with your UCAS application to University, you'll have the full support of the Bath College teams!
- Do I need to pay for an Access course?
In short, yes, but you can fund your programme in a number of different ways, and we can help you to navigate most suitable way for you to fund your course. To find out more about how funding works, contact our Student Advice team, via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01225 328 720. (Did you know that if you pay for your Access to HE Diploma with an Adult Learner Loan and you complete your degree programme, your loan debt will be cleared?)
- What options are available at Bath College?
We have full time options available in Science and Health & Social Care. These areas cover a wide range of University degrees, and can be tailored to your chosen career path.
- I'm interested! What should I do now?
First of all, identify the University course that you would like to attend, and check it's entry requirements. If you can't find it, you can contact the University directly to find out which Access pathway the course requires. Next, place an application for that Access Pathway, and we will be in contact to confirm your enrolment. In the interim, contact our Student Advice team to discuss funding, careers advice, UCAS advice and other queries, such as working around jobs or childcare. Our aim is to make everything as easy and accessible as possible, so if you have any queries or worries, our Student Advice team will be able to advise.