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Access to HE

It’s never too late! Our courses are specifically designed for adults aged 19 and over returning to study, either after a break or as part of a career change. They offer a proven and successful route on to university study.

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Course Overview

The OCN London Access to HE Diploma programme is designed for adults who want to progress to higher education, degree level courses and higher-level apprenticeships. You will attend college for two days per week, but should also set aside additional time for private study required for background reading, to complete your work and achieve your goal of progressing to HE. Progression to HE will be dependent on the grades you achieve.

Each Access module contributes credits towards the Diploma. The main subject sets are Education studies, English Language and English Literature, History and Psychology. Some of the units included are; Current issues in Education, Learning Theories, Studying a Novel, Writing Autobiographically, Historical Interpretation, Psychological Abnormalities and Human Memory. These have been selected to maximise your chances of progressing onto your desired University course. Within these subjects, there may be some choice of study. You will also learn the study skills required for both this course and your next one.

If you feel that you have studied similar material previously you may claim Accredited Prior Learning (APL) for such study (subject to approval by the awarding body. Our tutors would be happy to advise you about this.

A student loan is available for those aged 19 and above to cover the cost of tuition fees. If you subsequently progress on to a degree course and successfully complete it, this loan will be written off.

Assessment varies according to each module but is typically written assignments, controlled assessments and presentations.

Entry Requirements

The Access course is designed for adults who want to progress to higher education, degree level courses, but do not have the necessary qualifications. You must be 19+ at the beginning of the course and be able to demonstrate that you are ready for study at this level. You must hold English (GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent) and Maths (GCSE Grade C or equivalent). As part of the application process, you will be offered an interview with the course tutor.

Adult returners are particularly welcomed onto this programme.

After Your Course

This programme can also lead to a variety of degree programmes including; Primary Education, Children Young People and Their Services, Psychology, Sociology, History, Languages and Linguistics. It is important to check with the university of your choice about eligibility for their courses, and our experienced tutors will be able to advise you with such questions.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/20
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.