What is Access to Higher Education?

Access to Higher Education courses are a way for people aged 19+ and without traditional qualifications to prepare for Higher Education study. Typically these take a year to complete, and lead to Level 3 university entry qualifications, after which you can apply for Higher Education study.

 Higher Education includes:

  • Higher National Certificates (HNCs)
  • Higher National Diplomas (HNDs)
  • Higher Level Apprenticeships
  • Foundation Degrees
  • Degrees 
  • Postgraduate study

Is it right for me?

We offer a number of courses across a range of subjects, and there’s no upper age limit to apply.

If you'd like to study a Higher Education subject but don't have the qualifications you need, then an Access to Higher Education course could be for you. Our courses offer progression to degree-level study at our University Centre, other universities, and into employment.

Study with Bradford College

We offer Access to Higher Education courses across a range of subjects:

There’s also the option to study online for some courses.

How to apply

Simply fill out our online application form.

If you’d like to speak to someone, call us on 01274 433 333.

Student experiences

Watch Esther Silva talk about her experience of studying an Access to Humanities and Social Sciences course. She went on to get a degree from the University of Cambridge and achieve a placement on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme.


Sarmad Ilyas enrolled on the Access to Higher Education Sciences course 15 years after originally completing his studies. 

After training as a camera repair technician, he boosted his career by being awarded the prestigious status of Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) at The Royal Society of Chemistry’s London headquarters. Read more.