Access to Higher Education

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Gain a qualification which is widely recognised by UK universities and bridges the gap between your existing education and the entry requirements for degree level study.

The Access to Higher Education courses lead to an OCNWMR qualification in Health Studies, Business and Management or Social Sciences with Humanities, which are nationally recognised qualifications that are accepted by universities.

Topics studied include: Psychology, Sociology, Human Biology, Literature, History, Economics, Finance and Law.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for those aged 19+. For those who go on to complete an HE course, the government will write off the loan taken out for the Access to HE Course.

Health Studies students host a health event to promote good health. History students study the development of women’s rights and slavery, whilst Sociology students study crime and deviance, poverty and health. Human biology sessions enable students to gain a lot of practical experience and laboratory techniques that prepare them well for university.

The Access to Higher Education Business and Management Diploma provides an underpinning for careers in business, management, marketing, market research, human resource management, finance, politics, as well as careers in the public and not-for-profit sectors. It develops a range of transferable academic skills including report writing, critical analysis and presentation skills which support students’ academic development and engages their interests.


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I returned to College to do the Access to Higher Education course as my qualifications were 'too old' to be counted towards a University application. I want to become a trained Social Worker and am now starting a degree. I thought the finances might be an issue but the Advanced Learner Loan - which gets written off once I complete my degree - has been great.

Polly Pancosta
Polly Pancosta
Access to HE

Past Students

Students who hold the Shrewsbury College Access to Higher Education qualification usually progress on to university and pursue careers in nursing, social work or teaching. Students secure places at a range of universities such as Staffordshire, Liverpool John Moores, Bristol, Worcester and Birmingham. Students have gained employment/placements such as student paramedics for the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Career Options

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • Social Worker £19,500+
  • Midwife £22,000+

You could move on to be an:

  • Midwife £22,000+
  • District Nurse £26,00-£35,000


Source: National Careers Service