Access to Higher Education

Preparing you for Higher Education

Did you know that over 95% of our Access to Higher Education students gain their first choice of University places? Access your future with Trafford College. Our specially-designed courses will prepare you for entry into Higher Education or University.

The Access to Higher Education Diplomas are a well established and a very successful route into university level study for you if you’re an adult learner who either lacks formal entry qualifications, wishes to pursue a change of career and/or needs to develop confidence and practise in your study skills.

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Who can apply?

Aged 19 or over

GCSE in Maths Grade C/4 or above

GCSE in English Grade C/4 or above

GCSE in Science Grade C/4 or above (for Science, Healthcare and Diplomas only)

Is an Access Course Right For You?

With no exams to negotiate, you can progress step-by-step via structured assignments and coursework. We offer personal support in the University application process, so you can make your dream career choice come alive.

We are looking for applicants with:

  • a high level of motivation to be an independent student with a willingness for self study
  • the commitment to study a full time, challenging course
  • evidence of recent study is desirable
  • a clear idea of the university level programmes that you wish to apply for

Helpful Information

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is widely recognised by UK universities, and many actively encourage applications from Access to Higher Education students.

A national framework for Access to Higher Education courses has been in place since 1989 and, each year, over 20,000 students achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma and progress to university courses across the UK.

Universities are involved in the development of new Access courses to make sure that course content is appropriate, and the framework for the approval of the courses are managed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). QAA’s Access to Higher Education logo appears on all Access  Diplomas, so that universities can be confident that a student has completed the requirements of an approved Access course.