Access to Higher Education Alumni Event

On Thursday 7th July, former Access to Higher Education Diploma students, college and university staff attended a successful inaugural Access to HE Alumni event.

As well as a being a reunion, the event provided opportunities for networking, and establishing mentoring relationships for the future.  

Dr Jo Mason, founder of Propulsion Coaching, and product of a 'non-traditional' career journey herself, gave an inspirational talk. She championed the unsung heroes of 'value-based decision-making' and 'transferable vs profession-specific skills' in support of students making 'their right choices' towards both fulfilling and future-proofed careers.

Tyler Cameron, a recent graduate in Psychology from Bishop Grosseteste University, also spoke of the importance of the Access course in her journey.  This has taken her from running a bar to her current MSc in Clinical Psychology studies at Nottingham Trent University.

Former student, Zoe Acklam, said: "The Access course has changed my life this year."

There are four Access to HE Diplomas on offer at Grantham College, starting in September: Healthcare, Science, Humanities & Social Science, and Art & Design.  All can be funded with a student loan, and all lead to a wide range of degree options.  

An Access to Higher Education diploma will help you develop the study skills and academic knowledge to progress onto a degree level course or possibly other routes like apprenticeships. 

Why do an Access to HE course at Grantham College?

  • Designed to get you to university
  • Most courses are designed to fit in with childcare
  • Excellent one to one support
  • Develop your skills, subject knowledge, and confidence in a supportive and encouraging environment
  • Gain a chance to change career or progress at work
  • Small class sizes
  • Widely accepted by UK universities
  • Intensive one-year course
  • Most courses are planned over 3 days per week

Our Access to Higher Education courses could help you achieve your dreams! It is not too late to apply for September 2022. We are open during the summer holidays, pop in and see us or apply online at, call us on 01476 400200 or email