What is an Access course?

An Access to Higher Education qualification enables a person to become eligible to study at degree level. The course prepares those who would now like to go to University but for whatever reason, left school without the qualifications needed. The Access Diploma is recognised by the majority of UK universities and has no upper-age limitation. Access courses are typically one year long. The Access pathway is suitable for those seeking Social Science related Higher Education, including degrees in Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology, Law, Adult Nursing, Child Nursing, Paramedic Science, Midwifery, Operating Department Practice, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.

In order to achieve the award of a QAA approved Access Diploma, students must reach a standardised number of 60 credits. 54 credits will be at Level 3, with 45 graded as pass, merit or distinction and 9 ungraded. The remaining 6 credits will be available at level 2.

Access to Higher Education in Brighton, Hove and Portslade

We are located in Portslade and our centres are easily accessible for students from Brighton, Hove, Falmer, Rottingdean, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lewes, Burgess Hill, Worthing, Haywards Heath, Eastbourne, Littlehampton, Horsham, Arundel and Crawley.

Get in touch

The course leader, Michele Ponting will respond to you and can answer any question you might have.

No formal qualifications are required.
However, the interview process will include a literacy and numeracy assessment and students must achieve level 2 or above in these assessments.

Excellent pathway to univeristy

We are proud to be able to support adults on their journey towards a career. Students are also given support to apply for a University place through the UCAS applications process.

100% progression to university

Here are Aldridge Adult Learning, our results are outstanding, with 100% passing the course and 100% receiving offers to progress to their first choice course at University. Our learners are then fully prepared for their interviews at University and many have been accepted on highly competitive courses.

Sussex location for courses

We have two Sussex learning locations, Portslade and central Brighton. Foredown Tower in Portslade is particularly unique and we are in walking distance from Brighton main train station. We have continued support from the University of Brighton with students given full access to the library and study areas.

Support for our learners

Previous student feedback about how passionate the Access team tutors are. The tutors are also very experienced and able to provide a high level of support for students with Dyslexia and assist with the quality of writing, numeracy and IT to help everyone increase their confidence and ability.

What Students Are Saying About Access to Higher Education Courses

“ Just thought I’d let you know the Universities of Brighton and Surrey have offered me a place! Can’t believe it…. I’m very happy!”
Access student
“ I am pleased to tell you that I have received a conditional offer at Brighton University to study Adult Nursing. Thanks for your support!”
Access student
“ Just to update you I have received 3 conditional offers from Brighton, Surrey & Portsmouth to study for degrees in Sports Science yay!”
Access student

Not ready to start an Access course?

If you are not quite ready to start an Access course and need a little support beforehand, we offer the opportunity of enrolling on a Pre-Access course which will ensure you develop the skills and confidence you need. If you successfully complete the Pre-Access course you can seamlessly join our next full Access course.

Your qualification will be awarded by Laser

Laser Learning Awards is an Awarding Organisation approved by Ofqual to offer qualifications within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and by the QAA to offer Access to Higher Education Diplomas.