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“The Access course gave me a new start, bringing new opportunities."
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: Art and Design

Access your degree or higher-level qualification with us and find your way to a prosperous career. The Access to Higher Education (HE) diploma is designed for people who do not have “traditional” qualifications, such as A levels, and for those who have been out of education for some time. If you want to go to university, but feel you might lack the entry qualifications, or you are worried that you might not be able to cope with the demands of degree-level study, then an Access course can help. Our pathways cover a range of vocational areas from Healthcare and Nursing, to Science and Humanities. These courses are all studied for around 14 hours a week over 32 weeks and involve a range of activities relevant to the pathway being studied.

Last year 81% of York College Access students progressed onto Higher Education, a statistic well above national average. 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.

Thinking about starting a Access to Higher Education course this September but feel you have left it too late? We still have limited places remaining, explore our full list of courses below. If you would like to apply, visit us at one of our drop in sessions 10th – 20th September where you will be able to enrol direct onto one of our programmes:

  Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Mon Tues Weds Thurs
  10th Sep 11th Sep 12th Sep 13th Sep 14th Sep 17th Sep 18th Sep 19th Sep 20th Sep
Access 9am - 6pm 9am - 6pm 1pm - 4pm 1pm - 4pm 1-pm - 4pm 1pm - 6pm 1pm - 6pm 1pm - 6pm 1pm - 6pm

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Access to Higher Education Diplomas are available in:

Allied Healthcare Professions

Art, Design and Media



Health and Social Care Professions

Health Sciences and Wellbeing



Nursing and Midwifery

Primary Teaching


Social Science

York College's Access and Participation statement is also available for those who would like to view it.

For more information please contact the InfoZone on 01904 770770 or via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..