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Access to Higher Education

An Introduction to Access

Many adults have the potential and the ability to study for a degree or professional qualification but have been unable to do so because their previous experience in education was disrupted for a variety of reasons some of which could be due to family issues, financial resources, social pressures or changes to personal circumstances.

Alternatively, you may be seeking a career change and wish to develop skills in new areas of study.  Access courses are targeted towards providing you with a further opportunity to gain educational qualifications and to progress to study for Diplomas, Foundation Degrees, Honours Degrees, Postgraduate qualifications and professional qualifications across a range of subjects.

Our Access students vary in age.  The average age of our Access students at the College is 30.  They come from a variety of backgrounds and ethnic origins and have a range of life experiences.  This diversity within the Access student population is also part of the strength of those who study Access courses in that they all share similar desires to improve their current situation and to make changes for the future.

Access courses blend together a range of topics in the subject area you are interested in, underpinned by essential study skills to enable you to become a competent, independent learner.  We aim to provide you with a platform upon which to develop your existing skills and to learn new skills which will ensure that you are well prepared to meet the rigorous demands of Higher Education.

When you complete your Access course you will be awarded with a nationally recognised Access qualification.  Successful Access students are welcomed by providers of Higher Education courses and perform as well as any other group of students in Higher Education.

The excellent quality of work produced by previous students who have achieved the Access qualification has helped us to build a strong and growing reputation with providers of Higher Education courses across London and other parts of the country.  This is reflected in the diversity of opportunities presented to our students and the success they have achieved in gaining degrees and professional qualifications during the past ten years.  Students have also stayed on at University Centre Croydon to complete their Higher Education studies.