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Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE

We are taking enrolments for January 2019 starts! Please contact us for more details on 0191 277 3520

Who is the course for?

The Access to HE Diploma has been designed for those adults who want to access Higher Education. It will help to build your confidence and develop your social and communication skills as well as increasing your knowledge of particular subject areas. It offers an alternative route into Higher Education for learners the appropriate qualifications. Most learners go on to take further study at university or college while others simply want to improve their job prospects. Whatever your reason for starting, you will find that you will be learning with other adults who all want to learn. Over the years we have progressed hundreds of learners into universities all over the country.

You will require good communication skills and literacy and numeracy at level 2. We will ask you to come in and undertake an initial assessment so that we can determine your best route into the Diploma. It may be that you will need to do something different before you start, and your initial assessment and interview will help us to determine this.

How does the course work?

There are 3 diplomas to choose from; Health, Science or Social Sciences. Your choice of pathway will be determined by the degree course or future career you wish to follow. Sometimes it will be determined by the qualifications you already have. If you are unsure, further details and advice on pathways will be given during your induction interview.

Important note

Many undergraduate degree courses require GCSE in Maths, English and Science at grade C or above. If you do not have these qualifications, you will have to study them separately.

Who can I ask for advice?

There are a number of experienced and qualified staff to help you at Newcastle City Learning. They are available throughout the term and at our open days and enrolment events.

Our Access to HE Coordinator

Sabine Gretscher

Our Learning and Skills Manager

Maria Hawthorne

For enrolment enquiries, please contact: 0191 277 3520 
You can also find more information at the Access to HE website.

Been out of learning for a while?

In preparation for your Diploma, we will most likely ask you to attend one of our introductory classes. They will give you an opportunity to brush up on skills you may have forgotten, including your maths and English so that you are ready and confident to start your Diploma.

It is essential that you research your degree course and university requirements before starting your Access to HE programme. This will ensure that your subject choices and previous qualifications meet the universities' entry requirements.

Paying for your course

If you are over 19 you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay your course fees. If you then go on to complete a degree course, this loan does not have to be repaid. Find out more information about Advanced Learner Loans 

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Prevent Duty

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All Further Education providers have a duty to safeguard their learners and keep them safe from being exploited by extremists. The Prevent Duty is not about discouraging our learners from having political and religious views and concerns, but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways.

Prevent Duty: If you Notice anything unusual, Check it out and them Share it by contacting 0191 277 3502 or email remember – Notice – Check – Share. Here is a link to our Prevent animation

Newcastle City Council (which Newcastle City Learning are part of) also have a generic email address which you can also use to report any concerns you may have about Prevent:

Reporting Incidents of Hate Crime: Stop Hate UK. There’s a 24hr hotline on (Freephone) 0800 138 1625. People can text on 0771 798 9025. Online reports can also be taken at

Summer Term - start enrolling [...]

Male learnerOur new Spring Term 2019 brochure is now available! Get enrolling now for your courses starting after Easter, and if you are very quick there are a few courses in late March and early April you can still join. You can download the brochure (pdf, 6.65MB), or if you live in the City they will delivered through your letterbox very shortly. Remember you can enrol on-line for many courses, or we are happy to take your call or see you in centres too.

Your Learner Handbook

Learner handbook coverOur new learner handbook is now available here (pdf 1.81MB). Packed full of useful information about the service, we hope you will find it helpful. We'll cover a lot of the topics during our new induction process too, and you will be given a copy of the handbook to take away with you at the start of your course.

Advanced Learner Loans

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There have been changes to how education courses are funded for learners over 19 years old. Level 3 and above courses will no longer be funded by the Government (unless you are aged 19-23 years old and it is your first full Level 3 qualification) but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

If this loan is to fund an Access to HE Diploma leading to a completed degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off so you don't have to pay it back.

It doesn't matter about your household income or even credit checks to qualify for a loan, and you don't have to pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000 a year.

Loans are available for people living in the UK on the first day of their course and have lived in this country, the Channel Islands of the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this.

Talk to our centre reception staff to get more details and your course offer letter which will have the information you will need to complete your loan application.

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans.

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