Access to Higher Education diplomas
The Access to Higher Education diploma is an established qualification that's been developed for adults who want to return to study and attend university. If you lack the qualifications or subject knowledge for immediate entry into higher education, or if you need to update your existing qualifications, this diploma offers an excellent fast-track approach for doing just that.
You can study this diploma at some local further education colleges, community colleges and adult education centres over one or two years, or via distance learning for even greater flexibility.
Exact content can vary but there's an emphasis on study skills, English, mathematics and building your confidence. This is paired with a rigorous pathway of subject specific units which you study to level three, which is equivalent to A level qualifications.
You can find a fully searchable list of Access to Higher Education providers on the national Access to Higher Education website. If you live in the South West then take a look at the AptEd website where you'll find a complete guide to Access to Higher Education courses and a listing of regional providers.