Access to Higher Education - Engineering pathway

Course Overview

This course is designed to prepare mature students for University level study. If you want to progress into Higher Education study in any area of Engineering, including Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Automotive, Aeronautical, Civil or Product Design, this course will give you a good introduction to the subject.

Since the Access Engineering course began in 2011-12, 100% of the students who completed the programme secured university places. This compares with a progression rate of just 63% across all Access Engineering courses in England and Wales. Testimonials from past students can be found on the course’s Facebook page at:

Course Requirements

The course requires you to have achieved GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C or above/grades 4-9.

The pathway will run subject to minimum numbers being reached.

Mandatory Units

Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Maths

Optional Units


Course Progression

Higher Education, but there may be some degrees for which this certificate alone may not be acceptable. The suitability of the course for your ultimate career aim will be discussed at interview.

Progression from this pathway can be on to degree programmes such as Automotive Engineering, Motorsport Technology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Design Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Architecture and more.

Please note that whilst your subject tutors and Personal Tutor will make every effort to support your application for a university place, progression onto a specific higher education course cannot be guaranteed. It can be a highly competitive process, and your tutors, together with the college Careers Advisers, will try to give you realistic advice as to your chances of progression. Alternative routes into the career of your choice can be discussed.

One of our recent students who progressed onto Higher Education study said;

“My tutors have both been great, very committed to the teaching process and passionate about their subjects, I have been in work since leaving education 10 years ago and it has made it a much more enjoyable and productive experience having the people teaching you really care about what they are teaching you and for the most part, want to be there.
The tutelage and support I have received both inside and outside of my college hours have been absolutely excellent and the college's resources are really very good too. I feel that attending this Access course at Stockport College has improved my academic prospects significantly and I have had a thoroughly productive and enjoyable experience.”

Course Assessment

Assessments include essays, practical reports, case studies, open or closed-book examinations and verbal, visual or IT-based presentations. All modules will include an element of time-constrained assessment which will contribute towards the final module grade.

Course Finance

The fees for the course in 2018 are £3928. Fees are due at enrolment and an instalment plan is available. Once you have enrolled you are liable for the full year's fee, regardless of whether the full year is completed or not.

You are able to take out an Advanced Learner Loan for the tuition fees (the registration fee cannot be included; this must be paid yourself). This loan will be wiped out once you have completed a Higher Education programme.

Course Includes

On this pathway you will study the following units:
• Mechanical Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Maths

The course runs for an academic year and you will be attending three days per week. You will be attending for 14.5 hours per week (13.5 hours of lessons and 1 hour of tutorial). You will also need to allow at least 6 hours for private study and assignment completion.

The tutors on this course are Dr. Mark Readman and Dr. Andy Stott.


Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded an Access to Higher Education Diploma from Open Awards.

Quality Assurance

QA systems are embedded throughout the College and the College is regulated by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). The College is also routinely inspected by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills).

Course Additional Information