Access to Higher Education

What Is An Access Course?

Are you over 19? Been out of the classroom for a while? Want a stepping stone towards a new career? or have you always fancied going to University?

Why not enrol or one of our 1 year intensive Access to Higher Education courses to help you achieve your goal?

We offer one year Access to Higher Education courses, where you will gain a relevant Level 3 qualification to move on.

Don't let anything stand in your way for that dream job or simply just update your skills. We know it may be difficult coming back into education but we are here for you every step of the way. Our Access staff understand this and are able to guide you through the course to develop the academic skills and knowledge that you will need at university level.

Apply now for a September start and you could be starting a university course next year!

List of our Access courses (Level 3) - Click on each to find out more:

Humanities combined with Social Science
Nursing and Healthcare professions

Please note:

19 + Advanced Learner Loans can be applied for ALL our Access courses.

There are also childcare bursaries available on application for all our Access courses which will be means tested.

Take a Listen, why is an Access course right for you?


What qualification will I gain? 

You will gain an Access Diploma to Higher Education. You may also be given the opportunity to study GCSE Maths and GCSE English. For explanations of our qualifications, please see our Qualifications Explained page

What progression options will I have? 

Higher education, either at NKC or a university.
Career progression.

NKC offers a range of undergraduate courses, so an Access course could be the perfect platform to prepare you for our Higher Education programmes.

What costs are involved? 

If you're aged 19-23 and have not previously gained a Level 3 qualification (A-Level equivalent) the tuition fee for all Access courses starting in September 2016 is free.

However, if you're aged 19-23 and have the relevant qualifications the tuition fee for all Access courses starting in September 2016, you would need to pay advanced learning loans amount.

If you are over the age of 24 on the day the course starts, the tuition fee is variable depending on the course, and is around £3,000. The government introduced 24+ Advanced Learning Loans to help you pay for eligible Level 3 and Level 4 courses. For more information on student finances for over 24 year olds, please see our 24+ Student Finance page.

As an added incentive, if you progress straight onto university with no break from your Access course, your 24+ loan will be written off.

Childcare bursaries are also available on Access courses and are means tested. We also have an on-site nursery available to all students.

In addition, all access courses are subject to registration fees, plus there may be charges for materials, trips and other external third party costs relating to your course; this information is available on request. 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but you will need to attend an interview. Applicants are assessed in Maths and English before the interview.

Click here to view Access to Higher Education courses or call 0800 074 1447