Access to University Level

Have you always wanted to study for a degree or diploma at university, but didn’t think you had the qualifications to do so?

Access to University Level qualifications help students aged 19+ gain the entry requirements for university level study in just one year.

What is an Access to University Level?

Access to University Level are one-year qualifications that help you gain the relevant entry requirements for a university level course or degree.

They have been specifically designed for adults who have been out of education for a period of time and are looking for an opportunity to retrain for a new career, re-engage with education and study at university.

Entry requirements

To be able to study an Access to University Level qualification, you will need to have the desired entry requirements, which are usually a GCSE grade C/4 in English Language and Maths.

Please also be aware that some of our qualifications have additional requirements which are listed on the course pages on our website.

When you’ve decided what you want to study, successfully complete the qualification and university awaits!

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What can you study?

We have fantastic courses on offer at The Sheffield College, with a variety of subjects available. You can study in the following areas and take advantage of all the benefits an Access to University Level qualification with us has to offer!

  • Business
  • Computing
  • Education (Early Years)
  • Health Science
  • Humanities, English and Social Science
  • Law and Policing
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Medicine
  • Paramedic Science
  • Science

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What are the benefits?

  • No upper age limit or previous experience required
  • Accessible entry requirements
  • Perfect for retraining
  • It doesn't matter if you've been out of education for a while
  • University recognised qualifications
  • Fantastic financial and personal support
  • Graduate from university and your loan could be written off

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Don’t have the entry requirements yet? Our pre-access qualifications support your progression onto an Access to Higher Education Diploma the following year by improving your study skills and helping you gain GCSEs in English Language and Maths.

One of our tutors will be able to advise you if this is the programme for you at interview stage.

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