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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? (


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Frequently Asked Questions


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 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.






“I completed an A-level in Biology when I was in college at 18 with a poor grade, as I found it so difficult to wrap my head around the content, but the Access Course at Bath College has made it a lot easier to understand and I am now getting distinctions throughout science.” - Stephanie, went on to study Physiotherapy at UWE“College help part-fund my son’s pre-school hours every week to ensure I can commit to college. This means I have more time at college to do work and ensure I can attend all my lessons." - Samantha, went on to study Midwifery “Before I came on this course I had just come back from traveling a wide range of countries and before that I worked as a Toddler Room Leader at a Nursery, particularly working 1:1 with a little boy with disabilities. I am now looking forward to the fact in 3 years’ time I will be a qualified children’s nurse and be able to begin my dream job for life, helping young people.” - Jasmine, went on to study Child's Nursing at Cardiff UniversityAccess-To-HE-Students-Outside-Roper-Building