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The perfect alternative to A-Levels, putting you on the right path to university.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a one-year intensive qualification for students aged 19+, preparing you for degree-level study at university. The diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and we offer courses in:

  • Business, Finance & Accounting
  • Life & Health Sciences
  • Engineering, Computing & Mathematical Sciences
  • Social Sciences & Law

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.

And if students are not quite ready for an Access course, we also have a preparatory Pre-Access course in Science and Social Sciences.

Find your course

Access to HE Diploma in Biomedical Science

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Computer Systems Engineering

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Business and Management

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Health, Social and Community Work

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Nursing with Midwifery

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Engineering Science and Maths

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Electronics with Software Engineering

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in General Engineering

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Information Technology

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Psychology Sciences

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Health Sciences

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Computer Science and Maths

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Accountancy, Finance and Banking

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Economics, Finance and Maths

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Law and Criminology

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Access to HE Diploma in Business and Information Systems

Suitable for Adult (19+)
Start date 6 September
Level 3
Location Stratford Campus

Worried about costs?

If you are aged 19-23 and do not have a full Level 3 qualification, then your first Access to HE course is FREE.

If you are over 24 or have prior qualifications, then you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your Access course at Newham.

However, if you move on to and complete a Higher Education course, the outstanding balance owed on the loan gets written off. This means you will not have to repay it.

Learn more about Advanced Learner Loans