Access to HE
Study now, pay later!
An Access to Higher Education diploma course provides you with the skills, knowledge and qualifications needed to apply for university. The best bit? You can study now but pay later!
Whether you wish to gain a degree in social work, midwifery, science, health care, social sciences, criminology, or psychology; our expert Access to HE tutors along with exceptional resources will prepare you to move on to the next stage of your career path. University has never been more accessible!
Trips and visits
Students enrolled on one of our Access to Higher Education courses will be encouraged to visit university open days and attend regional HE fairs and UCAS events.
In previous years, students have attended taster events at Edge Hill University, spending the day attending workshops and seminars and giving Access to HE students a real taste of university life.
I am an
Our Access to HE courses are aimed at those adults who do not have the formal qualifications for higher education or haven't got the level 3 qualifications to change career. Whether you’re looking to pursue a nursing or paramedic career through our Access to HE Nursing & Midwifery or Access to HE Paramedic Science course, or whether you aren’t yet sure on your specific career path, with our Access to HE Health Professionals courses, we’ve got the course for you, discover them below!
To study, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, which you are not required to pay back if you successfully complete a higher education course. Click here for more information about Advanced Learner Loans.
If you are considering studying nursing at university, you could apply for the government-led nursing bursary!
Level 2 Diploma Pre Access to HE
Level 2 Extended Certificate Pre Access to HE
Level 3 Diploma Access to HE - Nursing & Midwifery
Level 3 Diploma Access to HE - Paramedic Science
Level 3 Diploma Access to HE - Science
Level 3 Diploma Access to HE - Social Sciences
Level 3 Diploma Access to HE - Social Work
Level 3 Diploma Access to HE Health & Social Care (Health Professionals)
Meet our students
"I have learnt so much and have more confidence in my ability!"
Aveesha has always dreamt of being a nurse and decided to enrol on our Access to HE: Nursing & Midwifery course in pursuit of this career.
Aveesha is now studying Adult Nursing at the University of Chester and is one step closer to achieving her career goals. She says: "My experience at Warrington & Vale Royal College was brilliant. I made friends for life, gained lots of knowledge around the subject I wanted to study at university and my tutors, Gerri and Chris, were amazing! Completing the Access course has been a true lifesaver for me. I don’t think I would have managed my first year of university without it."
“I’m grateful that I did the Access to HE course before going to university. It makes you get used to things as simple as sitting in a classroom setting again for the first time in years.”
Natasha has a lot of appreciation for those at the college who helped her to get her to where she is now, and she can’t recommend studying a Access to HE course enough. She says: “This course has enabled me to gain the qualifications I need for university and along the way I have met the most amazing friends. The tutors really take the time to ensure you’re ready for university by making sure your personal statements include everything they should. Also, participating in mock interviews before the real ones with university, takes a bit of the pressure off.”
Natasha is now studying Midwifery at Edge Hill university- we have no doubt she will go far in her chosen career!
"I have goals to progress on to a career in social work or counselling."
Sasha had previously struggled to find a college course that inspired her, but that all changed when she discovered Access to HE at Warrington & Vale Royal College.
Sasha has studied a range of modules on her social sciences course so far. She has particularly enjoyed the criminology element and is looking forward to digging deeper into psychology.
In the future, Sasha hopes to progress on to a career in social work or counselling and feels the course is providing her with the necessary skills and knowledge to do so.
Daisy May-Brockley decided to enrol on our Access to HE: Nursing & Midwifery course to pursue her dream of becoming a midwife.
She learned a lot on her course about the body and received lots of support from her tutor and classmates. Upon successful completion of her course, Daisy secured a place at Edge Hill University where she now studies Midwifery.
Meet our tutors
Access to HE Tutor Amy Capper enjoys sharing her vast knowledge and experience with the students she teaches on our Access to HE courses.
Amy Capper can boast not one, but two undergraduate degrees in Law and in Criminology and Social Policy, alongside a master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. These qualifications, coupled with Amy’s experience in healthcare, community mental health and learning disability settings, allow her to share a wealth of knowledge with her students.
Amy particularly enjoys hosting classroom debates and hearing different perspectives put forward by her students on the topics covered.
13 December 2023
Meet Kadie Dolphin, ambitious Access to HE: Nursing & Midwifery student
1 December 2023
Meet Katie Dobbs, aspirational Access to HE: Nursing & Midwifery student
17 November 2023
Meet Martin Lane, Pre Access to HE student
3 October 2023
Meet Eddie Lewis, Pre Access to HE student
7 August 2023
Lara Ackers Glanvill is one step closer to her dream career after completing her Access to HE: Social Work course
26 July 2023
Meet Aveesha, Access to HE: Nursing & Midwifery alumni
25 July 2023
How to get into university without A Levels or a Level 3 qualification
1 June 2023
Meet Daisy, Access to HE: Nursing & Midwifery alumni
11 May 2023
Rebecca Vickers former Access to HE: Social Sciences student, is flourishing at The University of Chester
20 April 2023
Meet Georgia, Access to HE: Health Professionals student with an offer to study at the University of Salford in September
20 April 2023
Meet Natasha, former Access to HE: Nursing and Midwifery student who is thriving at Edge Hill University
31 March 2023
Meet Nicole, Access to HE: Health Professionals student with an offer to study at the University of Chester in September
11 August 2022