Engineering - Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Trafford College


Stretford Campus

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.

In 2019-20, 100% of students on our Access Engineering diploma secured offers of university places. This compares with a progression rate of just 67% across all Access diploma courses in England and Wales.

Course runs over 3 days per week, classes between 9am and 3 or 4pm each day.

Further Details



Course Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 1 year


Access to Higher Education

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.
Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Maths

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.”

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.

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

The Tuition fee for this course is £3,928.00 You may be eligible for a full fee remission if you are in receipt of certain benefits or earning less than £20,888 per annum (if residing within Greater Manchester)

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