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Access to Higher Education

Staffordshire University Science Centre

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
Raechel Dale

For Raechel, studying an Access to Higher Education course on psychology, sociology, social policy and criminology has proved to be the gateway to a place studying Forensic Psychology at Staffordshire University.

With the current job market being difficult, Raechel found stiff competition for the jobs she applied for. Her experience at college and then university will give her an extra edge over other candidates, and help her to get a job related to her degree subject.

Raechel says:
“I enjoyed my time at college - it gave me a massive confidence boost and helped me to have more belief in myself that I can do whatever I put my mind to.

I found the topics interesting and the support from the tutors excellent, but most of all, I made friends with people in the same position as me and so throughout college and now uni, we have encouraged and supported each other through the tough times and celebrated together through the good times. Also, the sense of achievement and increased self-belief from completing the course was great.”

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