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Access to HE

Discover our accredited access courses tailored to adults. If you are aged 19 and above, and you want to transition into a new career or pursue higher education, our Access to Higher Education courses provide a pathway to degree-level studies, ensuring you can achieve your academic aspirations.

What are Access to HE courses?

Access to Higher Education (HE) courses are nationally recognised programmes of study designed to support adults (aged 19+) who have few qualifications or are changing career and don’t have the relevant entry criteria, but who are aspiring to study at university.

Students that have successfully completed Access programmes with us have progressed onto a range of degrees at a variety of local, national and international universities and institutions.

Why should I study an Access to HE course?

Our one-year Access to HE courses provide a fast-track route to university. Our programmes are designed to meet the needs of adults and prepare you for higher education. You will learn in an inclusive and nurturing environment with support from our highly qualified and experienced teaching professionals. During the course, tutors will help build your confidence and develop your academic writing and research skills through university style assignments.

Whether you have been out of education for a period of time or are looking to change career, it is never too late to learn and study an Access to HE course.

A teacher is helping student with their work
Access student during her interview

Coming onto the Access course has helped me get the qualifications I need to go to University to become a Pediatric Nurse. This course has opened my mind to what it will be like at University and I feel more prepared now I have done this course.

Molly Harding
Access to HE Student
Access to HE student working with her laptop

I decided to study an Access course when I realised that the traditional Sixth Form route was not for me. I still wanted to go to University, and the lecturers here have been so supportive in helping me work towards studying Psychology.

Charley Willis
Access to HE Student
Access student during her interview

After not being in education since I was 15 I wanted to come back to College and study Access to HE. This course will allow me to go to University to do Forensics and Criminology Investigation. Not only have staff supported me on the course they have helped me become  proficient with a computer.

Catherine Carter
Access to HE Student

How you apply for a course at Dover College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our subject areas and see which of our courses is right for you.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply for your chosen course via our website.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Come along to an applicant day here at EKC Dover College, where you can meet our team and enrol onto one of our courses.

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