Access to Higher Education
Do you dream of a career change or going to university?
The QAA Access to HE (Higher Education) programmes are aimed at adult students (You MUST be aged 19 or over on or before 31st August to enrol for the September start) who would like to study at university but who currently don't have the qualifications they need, such as A Levels.
The Access to HE Diploma is accepted as an entry qualification by universities throughout England, Wales and Scotland. Access to HE Diplomas at East Durham College are validated and certificated by awarding body One Awards.
Level 2 Pre-Access Course
We offer a part-time Level 2 Pre-Access course which starts in September. This course is to prepare you for the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma; it is aimed at those who may have been out of education for a while and/or who want to gain a qualification prior to embarking upon the Level 3 Diploma. It is possible to study Level 2 Maths and English qualifications alongside the Pre-Access course.
Level 3 Access to HE Diploma
The Level 3 Access to HE Diploma is available on a day or evening basis and a number of career pathways are available:Business, Educations Studies, Health, Humanities/Social Sciences, Science and Sport.
From September 2017, we are planning to offer three new diplomas in: Animal Behaviour and Management, Conservation and in Horticulture (subject to validation). These three land-based diplomas will be delivered primarily at our Houghall Campus, in Durham, but some units will be delivered at our Peterlee Campus.
Timetabling on Access courses allows students to attend on a flexible basis to fit around work and family commitments.
So whether you’re looking to change job, return to work, boost your career prospects or gain a full Honours degree our courses offer a route into higher education for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Degree Courses EDC Access to HE Students Recently Went On To Study
Ancient History - Applied Psychology - Biology - Biological Sciences - Childhood Studies - Computer Science - Computer Game Design & Production - Criminology - Early Childhood Studies - Electronic & Electrical Engineering - English & Creative Writing - Midwifery Studies - Nursing Studies (Adult) - Nursing Studies (Child)- Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities) - Nursing Studies (Mental Health) - Paramedic Science - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Primary Education - Psychology - Psychology with Counselling - Social Work - Sociology
What is Access to HE?
The Access to Higher Education Diploma: Key Statistics 2014-15 Report
Every year the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) collect data about the Access to HE Diploma and students that complete the qualification. The report below summarises that information for the academic year 2014-15 and highlights the latest trends. It provides an overview of the characteristics of Access to HE students, and their progression into higher education and beyond.
Funding & Advanced Learner Loan
The Access to HE Diploma is funded for students aged 19-23 without a current level 3 qualification. Those aged 19 and above can apply for the Advanced Learner Loan to cover the course fees and, if you successfully complete your subsequent HE course, the loan will be written off.
This film, by Student Finance England, shows the journey that a learner may go on if they choose to study an Access to Higher Education Diploma funded by an Advanced Learner Loan.
Please visit the Advanced Learner Loan page of our website for more details.
Details on all our Access to HE pathways, run at the Peterlee Campus in County Durham, can be found below.
Available full and part time course(s) listed below:
The full time courses listed below are for the academic year 2018/19, starting September 2018. For part-time courses please see the start date within the course page itself.