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If you don't have traditional qualifications, our Access to Higher Education (HE) courses are the ideal route to help get you one step closer to taking on a degree. Access courses are ideal for those wanting to study at a university level, but need an additional year of preparation before applying for a degree.

This popular daytime course, designed for adults (ages 19+) will prepare you for a career in a range of roles within the social studies and hunanities faculty.

What makes Access to HE at HRC special?

  • Our courses are designed for adults who are returning to learning or who may not have the right qualifications to take on a degree
  • Our blended learning approach will help you balance your studies, personal life and work commitments
  • Our students progress onto degree courses in subjects such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy and more
  • Our staff are incredibly knowledgeable in these subjects so can give you a true insight into the industry
  • You will have access to our network of employers should you wish to undertake work experience

What do our students say?

"I couldn't believe how great this course was for helping me progress in my career. The staff were really supportive, and the blended learning meant I could fit my studying around my life. I've now been accepted for a BSc at University of Hertfordshire and can't wait to start!"

"I was really nervous about taking on an Access course and thought I wouldn't be up to the challenge. But my tutors really helped me and my confidence has grown so much"

Career Destinations

We're proud that our students go onto careers including:

  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

What can I do next?

After you have successfully completed this course, you can choose to:

  • Apply for a degree at a university
  • Apply for an Apprenticeship
  • Enter into employment in this industry

What will I be doing?

You will focus on building your knowledge of core skills relative to this industry, while also developing an understanding in specialist subjects that you feel will suit your progress. These include essential science research skills, human physiology and anatomy, psychology, and health studies.

Added Extras

We would definitely recommend taking on some voluntary work alongside our Access courses! Not only would this help further your understanding of the industry you wish to work in, but it will help you stand out when you apply to university if this is a route you would like to take.

How will I be assessed?

Your assessment during the course will be ongoing, and will take the form of essays, experiments, presentations, reports and exams.

Entry requirements?

To take on this course you will need:

  • Grade 4/C qualification in English and Maths
  • A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check may be required

If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411 .

What do I need to bring?

You will need a selection of note-taking resources, depending on your preferred learning method. This could include notepads, pens and pencils, or a laptop or tablet.

If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2019.

If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2019, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20).

Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £8500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change

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