Access to Higher Education (HE) Courses at Northumberland College

Access to Higher Education Courses


Access courses are designed specifically for students aged 19+ who wish to progress to study a higher education course, at university or college, but do not have the entry requirements needed to join the course and may have had a break from education.

After completion you can continue your studies at university, or join one of the college's higher education courses. Our courses offer a stepping stone to a number of university courses.

The Access to HE Dipoma (Social Sciences) is suitable for a range of education based subjects such as teacher training, childhood studies and numerous professional practice degrees.

The Access to HE Diploma (Health) is suitable for a range of health related degrees such as nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiography and operating department practice. 

If you take out an Advanced Learning Loan for an Access to Higher Education course and then go on to study a Higher Education course, upon successful completion of your degree course, your loan will be written off.

For more information visit our Advanced Learning Loan page

Northumberland College has been awarded Silver in the Government-backed Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) Awards for delivering high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.

Winners of the TEF awards are selected by an independent panel of experts comprising of students and academics that draw on national data as well as evidence submitted by each learning provider. They measure excellence of standards across three areas; quality of teaching, learning environments and the outcomes achieved by students.


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