Get back into education with an Access course

If you’re thinking about getting back into education, an Access course could be just the answer.

Access courses offer a route to study for a degree if you have been out of education for some time or left school with too few qualifications to be able to go straight to university. After just one year, you’ll gain an Access to Higher Education Diploma and be able to make your application to university.

Our experienced tutors have been teaching Access and developing the programme over a number of years in order to help you get to where you want to be. 94% of last year’s Access students went on to university including The University of York, University of Greenwich and University of Brighton, and more locally, University of Bedfordshire, University of Hertfordshire and University of Northampton. Lizzy, who studied the Midwifery pathway, says: “We received a lot of help with our UCAS applications in fact, quite early on in the course, we had an entire lesson covering how to apply and we went through the entire UCAS application process, including the personal statement.”

If you would rather stay local, you can study the first part of your degree-level qualification here at Bedford College and then a final year at one of our partner universities to top-up to a full degree. Teacher Education Access student Paul says: “I think the fact that Bedford College worked very closely with the University of Bedfordshire helped me to be successful when I applied to the Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course.”

You can choose from ten different pathways and you will also develop your study skills, increase your confidence and ability with this level of study, and improve your English, maths and research skills.

Access students attend College for three days per week and then commit to at least 12-15 hours of study at home. We use a range of methods to help you achieve the targets needed to pass the course, including in-class assessments, assignments, individual presentations and an independent research project. Danielle who studied the Nursing pathway says: “I found it hard sometimes but, because there was a lot of coursework, I was able to keep track of how I was doing as I went along, so when I got good grades it really motivated me.” 

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If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund an Access course and then go on to complete a higher education course, you’ll be eligible to have the balance of your Access to HE Advanced Learner Loan written off.  » Find out more