Our online and classroom-based Access courses are specifically designed for students aged 19+ who are preparing for higher education and university.

Students from Highbury’s Access to Higher Education courses have progressed to universities both locally and throughout the country. They include Oxford and Cambridge, Brighton, Edinburgh, London SOAS, Manchester, Southampton, Sussex, Warwick, Winchester and York as well as the nearby Universities of Chichester and Portsmouth.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a Level 3 qualification and offers a range of pathways that could lead to a degree of your choosing, such as Business, Education, Pharmacy, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition, Social Work, Health related degrees and Humanities degrees.

You are entitled to full fee remission if the following applies to you:

  • Aged 19 – 23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification.

Applicants who take out the advanced learning loan need pay nothing upfront. The loan is paid off once you complete your  course and are earning more than £27,295 per year. More information about Student Finance can be found here.

Did you know?

If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access to Higher Education courses and go on to complete a higher education degree or qualification, your Advanced Learner Loan will be 'written off', making your Access course FREE!*

*Terms and conditions apply, for more information on this policy, please contact info@highbury.ac.uk or click here.

Advanced Leaner Loans – unavailable

Due to popular demand and limitations in the Advanced Learner Loan funding, we are currently unable to offer Advanced Learner Loans for our online and classroom-based Access courses.

However, if you are aged 19–23 and the online/classroom-based Access course will be your first full Level 3 qualification, fee remission may apply, making the course free.

We also welcome applications for the September 2022 classroom-based qualifications as these courses will be allocated Advanced Learner Loan funding from the 2022/23 academic year.

Please check this webpage regularly for updates as we will be applying for additional funding. We hope to have this available from February/March 2022 (although not guaranteed). For further information please email info@highbury.ac.uk.

Bridge 2 Success

If you would like to develop your study skills, increase your academic qualifications or build your confidence, the Bridge 2 Success programme is designed to do all of these things. You will be given the opportunity to achieve your GCSE Maths and English, improve your digital skills and develop a wide range of study skills to prepare you for an Access to Higher Education qualification.

Interested? Find out more and apply here


Courses at Portsmouth College

We've teamed up with Portsmouth College to offer a wider range of classroom-based Access to Higher Education diplomas. Courses include social work, nursing, social science and more.

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