Newcastle City Learning Citywide

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE

We are taking enrolments for February 2016 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?

Our Access to HE Diploma is validated by ONE Awards and there are 5 pathways to choose from. 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 as part of your pathway.

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 Managers


Maria Hawthorne
Debbie Griffiths
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 in September.

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 24 you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning 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 24+ Advanced Learning Loans 

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Get your Learner Handbook now

75Our new Learner Handbook has arrived! Packed with useful information and details of the support that is available, we hope it will help you make the most of your learning experience with us in the new academic year 2017 - 18. Copies are available at our receptions, and will be given out at enrolment and you can download it here too (pdf, 5.07MB)

Enrol from 3rd July 2017

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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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