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About the Access to Higher Education Diploma

What is the Access to HE Diploma and is it for me?

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE course could be for you.

Most Access to HE courses are delivered in further education colleges in England and Wales, and there are more than 1,100 courses available in a wide range of different subjects, from business to nursing. There is no upper-age limit for Access to HE courses, and many don't have any formal entry requirements.

Most Access to HE courses can be completed in one year. However, you can also study part-time over two or more years, or through distance learning or evening sessions.

Do universities recognise the Access to HE Diploma?

The Access to HE Diploma is widely recognised by UK universities, and many actively encourage applications from Access to HE students. 

Each year, around 20,000 Access to HE students apply for a degree course at a UK university. They go on to study a wide range of subjects, including law, education, and business.   

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