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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
Lori Newman

When my son was born 3 months prematurely I witnessed first-hand the vital work that the medical team performed in the hospital Neo-natal Unit. This experience inspired me to want to train for a profession where I would be able to contribute to such a team. When I learnt about the work of Biomedical Scientists in conducting vitally important medical tests, I decided that I wanted to become a Biomedical Scientist myself. To gain the qualifications I needed to enter University, I attended the Access to HE Diploma (Science) course at Stoke on Trent College. On the course the tutors were very supportive and fully understood my requirements as a mature student. I was able to develop new skills in the laboratory, working in a fun, friendly and relaxing environment. The lecturers were knowledgeable and made the subjects interesting. I always felt that the teaching team were approachable and that I could ask questions whenever I wanted.

I have just completed my first year of the Biomedical Science Degree at Staffordshire University. When I started, I felt that the Access course had prepared me well, so well that I finished the year averaging a 1st class grade.

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