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Access to University courses

If you want to study for a university-level course but don’t have the necessary qualifications, our Access to University courses are perfect for you. These courses are designed specifically for adults returning to education, and aim to help you unlock the door to a new career.

Our Access to University courses

Funding and finance explained

Don’t let paying for courses hold you back from achieving your goals.

There are different funding routes available for adult learners. Dependent on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible to:

Did you know? If you successfully go on to complete a Higher Education qualification following an Access to HE diploma course, you won’t have to pay your Advanced Learner Loan back at all.

Get in touch to find out more.

Flexibility to manage your life and studies

We offer two options to complete your course because we realise that we all have different lives with varied work and family commitments.

The main focus is on blended learning, supported by online resources.

One-year | Full-time

Attend college for two full-days per week and a half-day online session per week (at a time that suits you).

Two-years | Part-time

Attend college for one full-day per week.

IMPORTANT - If you don't meet the entry requirements you will be required to complete a short diagnostic assessment for each GCSE that you require. You can study for your GCSE(s) alongside your part-time Access To University course and you will attend college for one half-day per week for each GCSE required.

You are also required to allocate time to undertake self-study each week; 8 hours is a standard recommendation.

One-year | Online | Part-time

Study online for 10 hours per week and complete the course in one-year while continuing with your current commitments.

Why choose Access to University at West Notts?

  • 1Make use of our fantastic facilities
    Students can make use of our excellent facilities and resources they need to complete their course. Students study in spacious classrooms, use the PCs to work outside study hours, and get all the information they need from the LRC.
  • 2You could be eligible for financial help towards your learning
    You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay for your course tuition fees. The scheme has been introduced by the government, to help learners aged 19+ study for qualifications at Level 3 and above, that will improve their employability and develop high-level skills and knowledge.
  • 3Feel fully-supported while you study
    Access to University students not only have the support of amazing teachers and student support coaches, but you can also take advantage of the college’s range of support teams, from the careers and employability team to our health and wellbeing services.
  • 4Stay at college and progress to university-level!
    Once you’ve finished your Access to University course, you may choose to stay and study up to degree-level at the NTU Mansfield Centre on our Derby Road campus, which is run by Nottingham Trent University. A number of our Access courses can be the stepping stone to one of the many foundation degrees and top-up awards offered by NTU.

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Personalised advice on courses and financial support

Returning to education can feel overwhelming, especially when considering factors such as choosing the right course, balancing studies around a full-time job or family commitments, and the financial aspect of course fees.

Don't let these concerns be a barrier! Take the next step by completing our online enquiry form. Our friendly team will be in touch to explore all the options available to you.

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or call us on 0808 100 3626.

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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We offer a flexible and cost-effective travel pass to all students and apprentices.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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