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Access to HE Learner Area

This area aims to provide information, guidance and resources for people interested in studying for an Access to HE Diploma or those who are already enrolled on a course. You will find the full list of OCN London Access to HE Diploma courses in our Course Directory. To find out more about the Access to HE Diploma qualification and how it can help you to progress into higher education please visit our What is Access to HE page.

Open days

Open days are a great opportunity to find out more about the Access to HE Diploma and the courses and facilities available at providers. You can find out when open days are taking place by checking the provider's website or giving them a call. Some of our centres have let us know when their upcoming open days are taking place and these are listed below with links to their websites where you can find out more.

Hackney Community College:

Events will take place in March, May and June.
For further information please click here.

Morley College:

9 March 2017
For further information please click here.

Tower Hamlets College:

19 April 2017
21 June 2017
For further information please click here.

Ravensbourne:

11 March 2017
24 June 2017
18 August 2017
For further information please click here.

Stanmore College:

27 April 2017
For further information please click here.

Funding your studies

We strongly recommend that you seek advice and information on funding your studies before embarking on a course. It is important to discuss your situation with the college well in advance. Having the right information will help you to make a realistic assessment of the financial commitment required to complete your studies. The Money Advice Service is a free and impartial money advice website set up by the government, which is recommended for advice about budgeting and funding your studies.

Advanced Learning Loans 

From 1 August 2016, everyone aged 19 and over who is studying for a qualification at Level 3 (‘A’ level standard) to Level 6 now has the opportunity to fund their course fees upfront in approved colleges and training providers in England through an Advanced Learner Loan.  You can apply for a loan to meet the costs of your qualification, which will be paid directly to your college on your behalf. If you don’t take out a loan, you will be expected to pay for the course costs yourself.

You can apply now for an Advanced Learner Loan to start a course from September 2017.

Important Information

If you complete an Access to HE Diploma and then complete a Student Finance England funded higher education course (for example, Bachelor's degree, Foundation degree or Higher National), then you will not have to repay the Advanced Learner Loan for your Access to HE Diploma course. For further information see this information sheet from the Student Loans Company.

Higher Education and beyond

National Careers Service - publicly funded service providing information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities.

Prospects - careers advice for graduates and information about jobs that you can do with different degree subjects.

Partnership agreement with London South Bank University - OCN London has signed a partnership agreement with London South Bank University (LSBU) to collaboratively offer enhanced progression opportunities for our Access learners to degree programmes. As part of the agreement LSBU provides a range of admission and progression benefits for OCN London Access learners which will include guaranteed conditional offers at lower admissions requirements than their standard offer across courses in six Schools.

UCAS - search and apply for higher education courses and information about study at higher education. From September 2017, the Access to HE Diploma is now part of the new UCAS tariff system. UCAS have a number of resources to help you work out how the tariff works with the Access to HE Diploma including a tariff calculator,  tariff tables (pp. 113-118) and a video.

Please note that UCAS points can only be allocated to learners who studied Access to HE under the current specification - i.e. learners who started their Diploma in September 2014 or later.  

Access to HE Learner Stories

OCN London Learner Stories - Read the stories of learners who have achieved the Access to HE Diploma with OCN London, including the winners and runners up of our Learner Awards.

QAA Access to HE Real Life Stories - More real life stories from learners who have achieved the Access to HE Diploma.

Improve your English and Maths skills

National Numeracy Challenge - initiative to improve adult numeracy in the UK

BBC Skillswise - English and Maths lessons and games for adults

British Council Learn English - games and activities, aimed at international and English as an additional language students

National Careers Service Course Search - find English and Maths courses in your area