Access to Higher Education (HE) Diplomas provide opportunities for adults without the relevant formal qualifications to go to university and pursue their ambitions.
Similar to A levels, they are full level 3 qualifications and around 40,000 students take advantage of this entry route to university every year. Access to HE Diplomas can be completed in one year studying at your local college. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed at university. As the course is designed for adults, the study hours can fit around work and childcare commitments.
If you didn't gain the necessary qualifications to get into university or you're not sure what career path that you would like to take, an Access to HE Diploma is a great way to get you on the right path. It could be a life-changer for you!
It is never too late to return to learning. Find out more about courses starting in September 2020 below.
Here are all the available CAVA courses. You can filter by your region or local college to see which courses are available.
“After raising a family I decided to pursue my ambition to go to university. The course was intense (five days a week), but this helped the class to forge strong relationships and work together. The course overall was fantastic, there was ample support from tutors, and I received excellent feedback on my first assignment, which really boosted my confidence. I’m now in my final year of a criminology degree, with further ambitions to apply to work in the probation service.” - Jennifer, Access to HE Diploma (Social Science)
“I chose an Access course after deciding A Levels weren’t really for me. The Access course [at West Notts] was great as it gave me the skills and knowledge needed to progress on to university- level study. I’m now in my second year of a law degree at Sheffield Hallam University, with the aim of becoming a solicitor.” - Georgina, Access to HE Diploma (Business and Law)