access courses

What is an Access Course?


Why do Access courses?

Class 12 qualifications from some countries are not equivalent to A-level qualifications in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Students who have gained a Pass or ordinary bachelor’s degree in their countries may find that their Bachelor’s degree is not fully considered in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The Access course allows students to bridge this gap.

In situations where students do not have the relevant High School (GCSE) results to enrol on to a degree, they are required to complete an Access course. Similarly, Foundation, Pre-Masters and Pathway courses will give you the foundation you need to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

Will an Access course enhance my career?


Who would benefit from Access courses?

Some students do not wish to enroll on to a full time 3-year university bachelor’s degree or full-time master’s degree.

For those seeking a bachelor’s degree, they can study courses in Level 4 and 5, which will be equivalent to completing the first and second years of a bachelor’s course at university. After this, they will be able to complete their final year in a Top-Up course at any university.

For those seeking a master’s degree, they can study a Level 7 course. A Postgraduate Certificate is equivalent to 60 credits of a master’s degree; a Postgraduate Diploma is equivalent to 120 credits of a master’s degree; and an Extended Postgraduate Diploma is equivalent to 120 credits of a Master’s degree. After this, they will be able to complete their master’s degree through a Top-Up course at any university.

These students can undertake an Access course, which is easier and quicker to complete.

Are Access Course Fees Affordable?

If you are studying an Access course, you will be able to save as much as 70% in tuition fees in comparison with a standard bachelor’s or master’s degree at university.

Many students do not wish to spend the time or money required to complete a degree via the traditional route. Such students may find Access courses to be of particular value.

How can we help?


How does it work?


Courses :
  • Level 3: Certificate, Diploma or National Diploma
  • Level 4: Higher National Certificate (HNC), Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
  • Level 5: Higher National Diploma (HND), Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Level 6: Extended Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma
  • Level 7: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Extended Postgraduate Diploma
Progression Route:
  • Bachelor’s Degrees
  • Professional Courses
  • Master’s Degree Courses
Age Range:

17+ years and above


4 – 24 months

Start Date:
  • January-February
  • May-June
  • September-October
Course Location:
  • United Kingdom
  • European Union
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
Entry Requirements:
  • Level 3 courses: class 12 qualifications
  • Level 4 courses: A Level 3 qualification
  • Level 5 courses: A Level 4 qualification
  • Level 6 courses: A Level 5 qualification
  • For Level 7 courses any of the following alternative qualifications will fulfil the entry requirements: 
  1. a bachelor’s degree
  2. an ordinary bachelor’s degree
  3. a 3rd class bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification

The fees vary from £1,000 – £15,000 depending on the duration and type of course, as well as the institution at which you wish to study.

Application Process Time:

2 weeks to 6 weeks depending on the institution.

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