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Access Courses

For those who have been out of education for some time or have few or no existing formal qualification.

Have you ever felt that you missed out on opportunities when you were younger? If so, the Access to Higher Education programme at Swindon College may well be for you. Courses are one year full time and timed to fit around the school day and other commitments.

Access courses are designed for adults (normally 19+) who want to study for a degree but don't have the usual entry requirements. The Access course is equivalent to three A Levels and is accepted for entry requirements to related degree or foundation degree courses at British universities.

Access pathways

  • Access to HE, Health Professionals
  • Access to Social Work
  • Humanties
  • Criminology

Who would benefit from an Access to HE course?

An Access course will help you progress to a level where you can study a wide range of degree courses at university. The emphasis of all courses is on developing the skills needed for you to become an effective and independent student.

You will be helped to develop your study, IT, numeracy and team work skills as well as developing other knowledge and abilities relevant to your chosen university route.

You will learn how to

  • Manage time effectively
  • Evaluate strengths and weaknesses
  • Set your own goals
  • Structure essays and write reports
  • Carry out research in the College library
  • Make effective notes
  • Revise and operate in exam conditions
  • Work effectively in small groups.


Course Title Course Code Length Study Type Start Date
Access to (HE), Criminology AHF3100 36 weeks per year Full Time 03 Sep 2018
Access to (HE), Health Care Professions AHF3060 36 weeks per year Full Time 03 Sep 2018
Access to (HE), Humanities AHF3150 36 weeks per year Full Time 03 Sep 2018
Access to (HE), Social Work AHF3140 36 weeks per year Full Time 03 Sep 2018

Meet our students

Grace Davis

Level 3

Access To HE Art & Design

"I’d had good recommendations about the college so joined the Access to HE Art and Design course with a view to studying Fashion and Textiles."