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Access to Higher Education (HE) is exactly what it says on the tin! It will help you, as an adult learner, to gain Access to Higher Education in an area of your choice. 


Our Access to HE programmes will help to reconnect and prepare you to be successful in your learning process and you will achieve a nationally recognised qualification you need to study a degree or higher-level course. The Ascentis programme is a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) qualification which is recognised as an entry to degree programmes. You can study Humanities, Health & Social Care and Science at the College. We offer all pathways on a full-time or part-time basis; this will depend on whether you wish to complete your studies in one or two years. Our part-time programme is particularly suitable if you work up to 20 hours per week. Our Access to HE Diploma programmes are delivered at our City Centre Campus. We also offer our full-time Access to HE Diploma (Health Care Professionals) as a Distance Learning programme (study from home).


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Frequently Asked Questions


How does it work?


We recommend selecting your chosen University course beforehand, then you can look at the entry requirements and work out which Access to HE pathway is best for you. You can contact the College to discuss options before or after applying, and our careers and Access team will be happy to help. Once you are on the course your Tutor will work with you to map out your target grades, so you are clear about how you can get the most out of your programme. We have a supportive team and framework for adults and can tailor this support to meet your needs. Our Careers team will also be on hand throughout your studies to help with your UCAS application to University, you'll have the full support of the Bath College teams!


Do I need to pay for an Access course?


In short, yes, but you can fund your programme in a number of different ways, and we can help you to navigate most suitable way for you to fund your course. To find out more about how funding works, contact our Student Advice team, via or 01225 328 720. (Did you know that if you pay for your Access to HE Diploma with an Adult Learner Loan and you complete your degree programme, your loan debt will be cleared?)


What options are available at Bath College?


We have full and part time options available in Science, Humanities and Healthcare Professional, including a Distance Learning (study from home) option for Health Care Professional. These areas cover a wide range of University degrees, and can be tailored to your chosen career path. 


I'm interested! What should I do now?


First of all, identify the University course that you would like to attend, and check it's entry requirements. If you can't find it, you can contact the University directly to find out which Access pathway the course requires. Next, place an application for that Access Pathway, and we will be in contact to confirm your enrolment. In the interim, contact our Student Advice team to discuss funding, careers advice, UCAS advice and other queries, such as working around jobs or childcare. Our aim is to make everything as easy and accessible as possible, so if you have any queries or worries, our Student Advice team will be able to advise.






“I completed an A-level in Biology when I was in college at 18 with a poor grade, as I found it so difficult to wrap my head around the content, but the Access Course at Bath College has made it a lot easier to understand and I am now getting distinctions throughout science.” - Stephanie, went on to study Physiotherapy at UWE“College help part-fund my son’s pre-school hours every week to ensure I can commit to college. This means I have more time at college to do work and ensure I can attend all my lessons." - Samantha, went on to study Midwifery “Before I came on this course I had just come back from traveling a wide range of countries and before that I worked as a Toddler Room Leader at a Nursery, particularly working 1:1 with a little boy with disabilities. I am now looking forward to the fact in 3 years’ time I will be a qualified children’s nurse and be able to begin my dream job for life, helping young people.” - Jasmine, went on to study Child's Nursing at Cardiff UniversityAccess-To-HE-Students-Outside-Roper-Building