Access to Higher Education students with their certificates

What can I expect?

If you need a flexible and confidence-enhancing course to get you back into education, then our highly successful Access to Higher Education course is for you. A variety of teaching and assessment methods will prepare you for your degree. Four Diploma options are offered, all of which open the door to a wide range of careers from nursing and midwifery through to social work and teaching.

The course enrols twice a year, in September and January, and all classes are timetabled between the hours of 9.30am and 3.00pm, three days a week, with no classes during school holidays.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a diploma by Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA). The college has excellent progression routes to local and national universities, including Lincoln and Nottingham.


"Whilst working full time in a supermarket I found myself at a dead end. I had always had an interest in Psychology but never had the grades to be able to pursue this interest on to university, nor did I believe that I could because of my Grade D in English Language. My academic confidence was low and I very nearly ruled it out as an option after being out of education for 4 years with a full time Job.
"After speaking to a careers advisor, I contacted colleges and universities in the area to see if there was anything I could do to pursue a career in Psychology. The response from colleges turning me down was heart-breaking; my English GCSE grade was holding me back. I knew I had the potential to complete a level 3 course, but no college gave me a chance to even attempt, until I received one response from Grantham College.  Grantham College offered me the opportunity to complete my English GCSE alongside of an Access to HE Course in Healthcare, which aligned perfectly with my career ambitions and allowed me to obtain the necessary grades for University. Before I knew it, I reduced my work hours and dedicated my spare time to my studies. I had to travel a fair distance every day, but the college gave me weekly bursary payments for my travel which was a great help.
"The course was interesting, relevant and allowed us to analyse healthcare through a variety of angles. It was intense at the start, but this sculpted me in to an efficient learner and the support from tutors was outstanding, helping me clear every hurdle I came across. After applying for a BSc in Psychology, I received 5 offers from all 5 of the universities that I applied for, and one of them was Loughborough University which has been named the 4th best university in the UK for Psychology! I’ve also been predicted a high grade for my English GCSE.  Grantham College supported me the whole way through and showed me my potential. The tutors have helped me move on to the next step towards my career in psychology and I can’t thank them enough."
- Jack Hall, ex Access to HE (Healthcare) student.


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