Access to Higher Education

An Access to Higher Education course from North Hertfordshire College opens the doors to further study, helping you secure your dream career.

Our courses are ideal for adult learners who are missing the qualifications they need for their degree course of choice, as well as learners who are ready to take the next step in their education journey after a break. By studying on one of our Access to Higher Education courses, you’ll build the skills, confidence, and knowledge you need to progress into university study. You’ll also receive support from our dedicated Higher Education team on everything from how to tackle university assignments to completing UCAS forms, personal statements, and applications.

It is possible to combine employment and other responsibilities with your study. You will have two full-contact days (10AM – 5:15PM) but will also need to make time to self-study, an additional 12-15 hours per week.

If you are over 23, you may not have to pay anything upfront. An Advanced Learner Loan may be available to you. If you complete the course and your degree, the loan for Access may be wiped. Find out if you are eligible here.

With our Access to HE courses recognised by universities across the UK, there’s no better place to start your higher education journey than NHC.

Who do you want to be?

Start your Higher Education journey with an Access to HE course from NHC


Join us for our Access Fast Track Event on Monday 17th April 2023 at 6PM for your opportunity to learn more about your chosen Access to HE course, meet the tutors and collapse the stage one diagnostics and the interview process all into one.


What are the entry requirements?

North Hertfordshire College doesn’t require any formal qualifications for Access to HE applicants. However, we do need to make sure that your literacy and numeracy skills are at a strong enough level to cope with the demands of the course.

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5 steps to apply for an Access to HE courses

Applying for one of our Access to HE courses is simple. For more information about the application process and entry requirements, please contact headmin@nhc.ac.uk

1. Apply for one of our courses through our online application portal. Simply choose which Access to HE course you would like to study, then click ‘Apply for this course’.

2. After submitting your application, you’ll be sent details about the course delivery so that you can decide if the course is right for you. To continue with your application, you’ll be asked to attend an Access Event at the Stevenage site. After a presentation on the course, you will be asked to complete two short tasks: a 10-question maths task, and a written statement about your ambitions for the future.

3. Next up – interviews. We’ll send you a selection of interview dates and times so that you can pick which one works best for you. Our interviews are carried out over the phone, and we’ll tell you whether you’ve been successful in receiving a conditional offer at the end of the interview. If you or our Access to HE team feel like the course isn’t right for you at this time, our advice and guidance colleagues will be in touch to support you in finding another option.

4. After your interview, we’ll send you two tasks that you can complete at home. One helps you to understand the financial implications of the Access to HE course you’ve chosen, as well as university requirements. The second involves reading a short piece of text and answering some questions. You’ll also be asked for a reference to support your application.

5. Once we’ve received all the tasks and have reviewed your responses, we’ll notify successful applicants about plans for enrolment and induction.

What’s Higher Education study like at NHC?

Not only do we offer Access to HE courses at NHC, but we also offer undergraduate-level degree courses in a variety of subjects. Our courses allow you to earn a degree on your doorstep, working towards a qualification in a familiar local environment at a lower cost than traditional university study.

Find out more about what it’s like to study a HE course in our video, and check out our Higher Education page for further information!

Degree on your doorstep