Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma Level 3



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Access to Higher Education Diploma


1 years, 3 days a week


Hadlow Main Site


Laser Learning

Specialist Equipment Needed

A laboratory coat and steel toe-capped boots will be required.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required for this course.
Students must be 19 or over, be willing to learn and have a basic competence in English.
Applicants should have already achieved a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths.

All students are required to attend a formal interview.

UCAS Points are made up from A Levels, preferably one in a science based subject, or a relevant Level 3 vocational qualification. All applicants should also have a GCSE Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

If you are interested in this course, but you don't have the necessary entry criteria, you may be eligible for our Access to Higher Education .

More Information

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

Programme Structure

  • Horticultural principles
  • Plant biology and nutrient cycling
  • Rural business studies
  • Crop management
  • Sustainability and conservation
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal management
  • Animal science and body systems
  • Principles of biology
  • Principles of chemistry
  • Inheritance
  • Ecology
  • Scientific project
  • A range of study skills units intended to develop your Mathematical, English and analytical skills.

Programme Overview

Access to HE Diplomas are now well established as national qualifications which allow students without traditional qualifications to apply for degree courses and enter university. They are regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for higher education (QAA) which ensures the quality of degree courses at universities.

If you want to develop your career by gaining a degree, but lack the formal qualifications, which universities usually require, then an Access to Higher Education Diploma is ideal. Accepted by a range of colleges and universities throughout the country, this qualification gives you the basic skills and knowledge needed for university-level study.


How you will learn:

You will attend a range of seminars, lectures, practial sessions, small group tutorials, trips and visits, utilising the outstanding College resources.

This course has been designed to provide a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorial, laboratory work, projects, etc) but you are also expected to undertake your own self-study time, to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and undertake research, reading and writing.

How you will be assessed:

Continuous assessment through a range of methods, including essays, reports, presentations, projects, posters and in-class tests.


Progression and Career Opportunities

The course is specially designed to equip you with the necessary skills to progress not only onto any degree within the land-based sector but also opens opportunities to the biological and natural sciences, animal behaviour or environmental science degree programmes.

How Much will this Course Cost?

This qualification is not funded in the same way as a traditional degree or Higher National qualification.

For students aged 19 - 23 on the first day of the course, the annual fee is £1000 for the course.  This includes registration and certification.  In addition, students will be required to pay £15 for an ID card, and £25 College Services Fee.

For students aged 24 and over on the first day of the course, the annual fee is £3500 for the course.  This includes registration and certification, an ID card and College Services Fee.  Students can apply for a 19+ Student Loan, to cover the cost of tuition fees. 

19+ Student Loans

These loans help learners aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 and Level 4 or Advanced or Higher Apprenticeships, to pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England.

It's easy to apply, household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Learners won't have to pay anything back until their income is over £21,000 a year, however the good news for Access to HE students is that they will not be required to repay their Access to HE Loan, when they take out a second loan for their degree level programme.  In this case, the original loan for the Access to HE course is cancelled by the Student Loan Company, effectively making the Access to HE course free.