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Access to HE Diploma at York College

Our Access to Higher Education Diploma programmes aim to prepare you for entry into higher education and provide the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progress onto a degree or diploma course at a university or college. If you are wishing to return to learning after a break or trying to change your career path, or if you have few formal qualifications but wish to go onto higher education.

We had over 150 Access to HE Diploma students last year, including over 40 international students. The pathways cover a range of vocational areas from Healthcare and Nursing, to Science and Humanities. These courses are all studied for around 15 hours a week over 32 weeks and involve a range of activities relevant to the pathway being studied.

The College’s learning facilities are among the finest in the region. Facilities include workshops, art studios, a spa centre and other services not available to other providers of Access to HE courses in the local area. Being a student provides you with access to our Learning Centre and the opportunity to get a student card which will allow discounts from a wide range of outlets.

Last year, 72% of our Access to HE students achieved their Diploma compared with 66 per cent nationally, with 81 per cent progressing onto higher education. This level of achievement places York College in the top 10% of colleges for Access provision. In addition, we have a track record of working with outstanding adult learners.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is validated and accredited through the National Awarding Body Ascentis which is an Access validating agency, licensed and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Further details can be found on its website.

All applicants meeting the entry requirements and personal statement criteria will be invited to attend an information and assessment session.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are available in:

Allied Healthcare Professions
Art, Design and Media
Business
Computing
Education Professions
Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Health and Social Care Professions
Humanities
Law
Nursing and Midwifery
Primary Teaching
Science
Social Science

 

Entry requirements for our Access programmes are as below:

 

Programme Entry Requirements
Allied Healthcare Professions (including January start) GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language, Maths and Science
Health and Social Care Professions (January start) Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English
Health and Social Care Professions (September start) Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English
Nursing & Midwifery GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language, Maths and Science
Health Sciences and Wellbeing Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English
Art, Design & Media Level 2 Literacy qualification and evidence of ability in Art and Design
Business Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English
Computing Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English
Primary Teaching (including January Start) Usually GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language, Maths and Science
Humanities Level 2 English qualification
Law Level 2 English qualification
Social Science Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English
Science Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English