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Access to Higher Education

Staffordshire University Science Centre

Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education

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If you have no previous qualifications, the Access to Higher Education courses will provide you with an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to progress to university. Equivalent to A Levels, the Health or Science Diplomas offer a great basis for further study in areas such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, teaching or social work. You will study a range of topics that are relevant to your Degree or chosen career.

Students studying on the Access to Science programme will be taught in the purpose built, Staffordshire University Science Centre.  Situated at the heart of the University Quarter it hosts a number of specialist laboratories and a cognitive and development psychology suite.  University taster days and events are arranged throughout the course to provide seamless progression to Degree programmes.  What’s more, our award winning virtual learning environment is available for all students and provides a wealth of resources to support your studies. 

UCAS applications are supported by the college Careers Team. A recent report stated that 'students felt the support afforded them whilst completing their UCAS forms had been fantastic and most already had offers from their first choice University'.

If you are aged 24 or over, you can now get an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your Access course, with nothing to pay upfront and you don’t pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000 a year.  PLUS, when you complete your degree, the Advanced Learning Loan is written off!  For more details on Advanced Learning Loans click here.


  • The Access to HE Diploma can be completed within one year either full or part-time.
  • Many students successfully progress to university on a wide range of degree programmes.


  • HEALTH: Nursing, Psychologist, Counselling, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Childhood Studies, Mental Health
  • SCIENCE: Forensics, Medical Sciences, Engineering, Bio Sciences, Nutrition, Teaching, Paramedic Science
Rebecca Law

Rebecca decided to take an access course at the college in order to fulfil her ambition of attending university. She is now working towards a dual honours degree in chemistry and biochemistry at Keele University.

She says: “I needed the qualification to gain access to university, without which I wouldn’t have been able to follow a career as a chemist.

“I found the tutor support was excellent, and gave me great preparation for learning after ten years away from education. The diploma course gives you the opportunity to access higher education – I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a route to studying at university.”

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