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Access to Higher Education

If you don’t have the relevant formal qualifications to start a Higher Education course straight away or are returning to study, you can get the qualifications you need in just one year on an Access to Higher Education Course.

Choose your Access to HE Course

We offer several different pathways. Please see the courses here:

Access courses are designed to update your skills and prepare you for study at a higher level in just one year. You’ll then be able to apply for a degree level course at college or university.

Outstanding results

Our results are well above the national average so you are guaranteed a quality learning experience at college. The awarding body rated the course team as “exemplary” in all categories

Social Science and Education

(29% above the national average)

Social Work and Mental Health Professions

(15% above the national average)

Nursing and Health Professions

(12% above the national average)

Information Video

Watch our comprehensive Access to HE Information video to learn more about the programmes, the different pathways available and how you can get to university in one year.


Students have received university offers for a wide range of courses including:

Adult/Paediatric/Mental Health Nursing; Midwifery; Paramedic Science; Operating Department Practitioner: Occupational Therapy; Speech & Language Therapy: Social Work; Psychology, Sociology; Criminology; Primary Teaching, English, Creative Writing and Spanish.

Students could continue higher level studies with the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, or go on to study at a wide range of both local universities and elite institutions. Our students have progressed to King’s College London, the University of Surrey, Loughborough University, the University of Reading, the University of Cardiff, Middlesex University and Royal Holloway University.

Funding your Studies

For Access to HE courses, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for course fees if you are aged 19 and over. This loan is not means tested or credit checked. Repayments only start once you have completed the course and are earning more than £27,295 per year.

If you complete a Higher Education course this loan will be written off. For more details, click below.


Success stories

“This course has given me so much confidence. I always knew that I wanted to do nursing but I didn’t know how to get there. The staff have helped me achieve my goal to get to university!”

Access to HE – Nursing

“The tutors and lecturers are amazing and I have made some great friends. I wish more people knew about this course and how it can change your life. It can open doors for you and give you more opportunities. ”

Access to HE – Social Services and Education

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about studying at our colleges, how to apply, learning support, or any other aspect you want to explore, you can call or email. Click on the buttons for details.