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York College Access courses are validated by Certa.   CERTA ACCESS - FULL COLOUR PNG

This course aims to prepare you for entry into higher education and to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progress to a degree or diploma course at a university or college.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English.

What You'll Need

Please refer to the Access page for entry requirements.

The current agency guidance states; ‘Access to HE programmes are designed to support adults seeking entry to HE and the EFA funds any young people on these programmes by exception.’

Any student under the age of 19 must contact Student Services to discuss alternative options available at York College, and whether or not you have a case which may make you an exception.

Duration and Attendance

The course is full-time over an academic year starting in September. Timetables and hours of study will be discussed at the interview.

What You'll Do

The course is divided into units of assessment. Each unit is broken down into learning hours and most of the units are worth three to six credits (one credit equals 10 learning hours).

The Access to Higher Education Diploma consists of two sections. To achieve the Diploma, you must achieve 60 credits of which 45 credits are graded and 15 are ungraded. A minimum of one examination taken under invigilation conditions must be successfully completed. You will complete the compulsory units followed by the selected subject specialism sets. All units are at Level 3 and need to be achieved.

The course is based around the principles and concepts of Business. You will study a range of Business and Academic Subjects, Study Skills units which include Academic Writing, Presentation Skills, Researching and Understanding Opportunities in HE, Research Skills and Business units which cover Business Structures, Finance for Business, Marketing Concepts, Principles of Management, Business Environment and Customer Service. Additionally, students will study Spreadsheet Modelling, System Analysis, Web Design and Production.

Please note that individual modules are subject to change.

The programme delivery method includes lectures and seminars and a good level of student participation is expected.

Exams and Assessments

Assessment may take the form of reports, essays, examinations and presentations. Assessment will take place both during and at the end of each unit as appropriate and 45 credits from the 60 credits will be graded distinction, merit or pass.


An Access to Higher Education Diploma is validated and accredited through Certa, which is an Access validating agency, licensed and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Details of the units to be studied can be found on its website.

How You Can Progress

You may progress onto a range of honours degree programmes in a range of different disciplines. Typically, individuals progress to BA (Hons) Business Management courses at a range of institutions. There is guaranteed progression to our FD Leadership and Management for successful Access students.

Course Fees

Courses Fees: TBA (Course fees for 2018/19 were £3022).

There will also be the cost of books and materials to consider, although these costs should be minimal.

How to Apply

You must complete a full-time application form (available from the Infozone team in person or on 01904 770400 or from the website) and attend an interview. Applications will continue to be taken until three weeks after the course has started.

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are offered a place on this course, you will be able to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan. The loan means that you will not have to pay any tuition fees up front and will only pay back the loan when your salary rises above £21,000. Repayments are made automatically if you are employed and are part of your tax return if you are self-employed.

If you are taking out an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access to HE Diploma your Loan will be written off on successful completion of your higher education programme - so in effect your Access to HE Diploma programme could be free.

Please refer to the York College Advanced Learner Loan page for more specific information.


Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.



Julitin Coulthard
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