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Access to Higher Education (Part-time)

Course Overview

The part-time Access to Higher Education course is perfect for students who wish to go to university but who do not have the required qualifications. Our students move on to university to study a wide range of degrees including most health professions such as nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy, English, law, psychology, biomedical sciences, teaching, social work and many more. Please ask at interview. We will put you on the Diploma which suits your degree choice. The Access course at Bath College is validated by the QAA and the exam board is Ascentis. It is a highly regarded course and recognised by all UK universities. This course can also be studied over one year.



What topics are covered?

Over the two years, students study English and Study Skills together with subjects related to their degree choice. For example, students wishing to study nursing or midwifery will study Biology, Psychology and Sociology.

Who is the course aimed at?

Students must be aged 19 or over and have been out of full time education for at least a year.

What are the entry requirements?

Students must have English and maths GCSE at C/4 grade or better. However it is possible to study for one of these GCSEs alongside the Access course. You will be invited for an information session, a short assessment and an interview so we can ensure the course is right for you.

What qualifications will I gain?

After the second year you will achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

How will I learn?

You will have class presentations, discussion, lectures and seminar work.  If studying sciences there will be lab work as well as small group work.


Most assessment is through coursework but there are two small exams which you will take in the first and second year.

What hours will I be in college?

Variable-by arrangement.

Are there any additional costs?

You may need to buy a small amount of stationery.

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

This information will be provided when you enroll.

What else do I need to know?

This is a two-year course and students will have a timetable which can fit in with commitments outside of college. For example, we can be flexible if you have work or childcare commitments. It is ideal for those students who do not feel they can study the course in one year. We will give you lots of help when you apply for university in the second year. Expect to study in college for about seven or eight hours a week. There is more information about the course on the Full-Time Access web page as well as interviews with students who have studied the course in one year.


Full-Time Access page:  Access To HE Full-Time


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

  • If a student studies Education Studies they will need to complete a school placement. They may need a DBS for this and the college can provide this at no charge.
  • If a student chooses to do the Social Work Placement unit they may also need a DBS.
  • We need to tell you that If the college supplies a DBS and a student does not complete the course they would be liable for the cost which is  £44.

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext. 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

If you are not sure which course would be right for you, we offer FREE Careers Advice to any person aged 19 or over. Our advisers can help you search for a suitable course or other learning and training opportunities.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: Download the Part-time Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses.


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