Study for the Access to Higher Education Diploma
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a Level 3 qualification designed to give people the knowledge and skills needed to study in higher education.
- What can I study?
OCN London has developed Access to Higher Education Diplomas in over forty subjects, including Nursing, Science, Art and Design and Humanities. READ MORE
- Where can I study?
Search the Course Directory to find the colleges, adult and community education centres and private training providers delivering the OCN London Access to HE Diploma. READ MORE
- Guide for Learners, which includes answers to frequently asked questions READ MORE
Case studies of learners who have studied on the Access to Higher Education Diploma. READ MORE
Applying to Higher Education as an adult
Guidance produced in partnership with Linking London. You can go through this guidance as an interactive online course or by accessing specific sections below
Introduction to Higher Education
Making HE Choices
- The starting point READ MORE
- Choosing what to study READ MORE
- Choosing where to study READ MORE
- Entry requirements: what do you need to get in? READ MORE
- Higher Education Day: Linking London event on Pre-Access and Access to HE students READ MORE
- Making HE choices checklist READ MORE
Applying to HE
- HE Application Process READ MORE
- Getting started with your Application READ MORE
- Writing an Effective Personal Statement READ MORE
- What to include in a personal statement READ MORE
- Common Mistakes made when completing a Personal Statement READ MORE
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.
To find out which providers are holding open days please click here.
QAA Career Coach
QAA has launched Career Coach, an online tool that helps match prospective students with the Access to HE programme that best supports their professional ambitions.QAA regulates the recognition of the Access to HE Diploma, a Level 3 qualification that helps adults with few or no traditional qualifications to gain a place on a higher education course. Many Access to HE students choose their programmes based on their career goals. Now, for the first time, Career Coach will help users search for Access to HE courses linked to their chosen careers, highlighting the skills and knowledge needed to enter particular job roles and industries.
This interactive tool uses the latest labour market data to offer information on average and potential wages, and latest job vacancies. It also highlights the current demand for jobs and professions in each region.
Its key features include:
- Career Assessments, helping people to learn more about themselves and access career suggestions based on their interests and skills
- Up-to-date data on wages, employment opportunities and common progression routes
- A search function for Access to HE courses that will help you reach your career goals
- A CV Builder to create a professional and modern CV
Users can also sign up for an account to save information about their career search so far. Career Coach is hosted by Emsi. For more information about Career Coach and to try it for yourself, visit the Access to HE website.
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.
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, visit the government website on Advanced Learner Loans or the Money Advice Service.
Progression agreement with Goldsmiths, University of London
OCN London has signed a progression agreement with Goldsmiths, University of London to collaboratively offer enhanced progression opportunities for our Access learners to degree programmes. As part of the agreement Goldsmiths provides a range of admission and progression benefits for OCN London Access learners across all departments. Further information on specific courses can be found using the link above.
Goldsmiths are running a taster day for Access to HE Learners on 30th October 2019. Find out more.
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.
LSBU are running an Extended Project Support Programme for Access to HE learners on 30th October and 13 November 2019. Find out more.
Progression agreement with The London Institute of Banking & Finance
OCN London has signed a progression agreement with the London Institute of Banking & Finance to collaboratively offer enhanced progression opportunities for OCN London Access to HE learners onto their two undergraduate degree programmes - BSc (Hons) Banking & Finance and BSc (Hons) Finance, Investment & Risk. The progression agreement also aims to provide unique opportunities for OCN London Access to HE learners during the admissions and enrolment process, and to provide ongoing support for throughout the student lifecycle.
LIBF runs REACH events to support the progression of under-represented groups in the banking and finance industries. Find out more.