Access to HE, North Herts College

Event Name Access to HE, North Herts College
Start Date 15 May 2017 4:30 pm
End Date 15 May 2017 6:30 pm
Duration 2 hours

Our access to higher education diplomas are level 3 qualifications that prepare you for study at university.  They're particularly relevant if you do not have traditional qualifications such as A-levels.  They'll help you develop your academic and study skills as well as your confidence.


We offer a range of different diploma pathways focused on different sector areas:

  • Teaching, education and childhood studies
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Science and health
  • Social science and humanities


Access to HE diploma courses take one year to complete.  You'll attend college for 13.5 hours a week, over four timetabled days.


Access to HE diplomas are widely recognised and accepted by UK universities - including Russell Group institutions.  Many universities positively encourage applications from access to HE students - enabling you to progress to undergraduate degree courses.


If you are interested in applying, you will need to attend the access to HE events.  These events are organised to provide you with the chance to find out more about the programme, and start the formal application process should you decide you would like to study for an access to HE diploma.  To make sure the programme is right for you, we will ask you to complete some tasks and attend an individual interview.  The tasks allow us to assess your academic skills.  The interview will give you the opportunity to discuss your goals and ask questions.  Each event covers two separate evenings.  Please note that attendance is required at both evenings to ensure eligibility.

  • First evening The evening begins with a presentation on the programme, the different Diplomas available and what to expect at NHC. Those who would like to progress their application are then invited to complete some computer tests (literacy and numeracy).
  • Second evening You will complete two short pieces of writing. Individual interviews will then be held. You will be told whether your results suggest readiness for the Access to HE programme. If so, we will discuss your university and career goals and, if we offer you a place on the programme, advise you on next steps.


  • Monday 15th Stage 1 - 16.30 start: Introduction to the course and initial diagnostics. This stage will last at least 2hrs
  • Monday 22nd Stage 2 - 16.30 start: Diagnostics and one-to-one interview.