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.

 Key facts about Access to Higher Education:
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.
Popular Career Progression:
HEALTH: Nursing, Psychologist, Counselling, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Childhood Studies, Mental Health SCIENCE: Forensics, Medical Sciences, Engineering, Bio Sciences, Nutrition, Teaching, Paramedic Science
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Staffordshire University Science Centre

Lori Newman


A Real Education - It means skills, experience and knowledge that will allow you to start earning real money and build a solid career. It means having regular access to first-class learning facilities and state-of-the-art equipment to help you fulfil your potential.

Because we offer Level 3 courses, people who study with us are able to work towards going to university without the need for traditional A Levels. So, whether you are looking for the skills to get stuck right into a job, or the best route to university and further qualifications, Stoke on Trent College has the course for you.

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