Access to Higher Education

Do you want to study a degree at university next year? The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a one-year intensive qualification for students aged over 19, which prepares students for degree-level study at university. The diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

The School of Access to Higher Education, based at our Stratford campus, has developed strong links with universities and has witnessed a very high number of students progressing to a wide range of universities.

If learners are not quite ready for an Access Course, we also have preparatory Pre-Access courses in Sciences and Social Sciences.

Why Newham College?

  • We offer more Access to Higher Education courses than any other college in London.
  • We have the highest number of Access students progressing to Russell Group universities in London.
  • Newham College UCAS applicants have a 95% offer rate from universities.

Courses available


On successful completion of an Access to Higher Education Diploma, you can progress onto a degree at university or to a higher level of employment. Many of our students have progressed onto a Russell Group university.