These courses are for students 19 years old or over (by 31st August in the year the course starts). Access courses are an alternative route to help people continue to study in Higher Education but who left school or college without qualifications at level three, such as A Levels. A good place to start research is the Access to Higher Education website www.accesstohe.ac.uk.
Access courses are taught in a range of ways depending on the provider. Often, they allow you to combine your current commitments, such as work, with returning to study.
Many students on Access courses go on to study at university, or at a university centre in a college.
Funding for Access to HE courses is available through Student Finance England.
For students who progress and pass their degree, the loan cost of the Access course will often be written off. For more information contact the Higher Education provider.