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Everything you need to know about Access to Higher Education Diplomas


Access to Higher Education (HE) Diplomas can transform lives by enabling learners who do not have traditional qualifications to progress onto degree courses in higher education.

These Diplomas:

  • are highly respected qualifications and acknowledged routes to higher education throughout both the FE and HE sectors
  • provide the knowledge and skills needed to progress to Level 4 at University or College
  • enable learners who may be lacking in confidence, without formal educational backgrounds or who have other commitments, to succeed in Higher Education.

View the full list of Diplomas by Subject Area here

Solutions for online and blended delivery through Pearl

Centres are considering more online and blended delivery approaches than ever before; so we wanted to remind you of our innovative Pearl platform to support this transition.

Pearl is a full spectrum online learning platform, bringing together all that is positive about online learning.

Pearl enables the delivery of Access to HE Diplomas through a blended learning option, allowing easy integration of modules into your current delivery.


Benefits of using our online provision:

  • Ready prepared content and assessment materials
  • Save time and tutor resources
  • Increased income and participation
  • Opportunity to offer diplomas previously rejected due to low student interest
  • Significant cost savings and increased learner engagement.

View our fully online Access to HE Diplomas here

Free Online Access Pearl demonstration

We are happy to offer you a free demonstration of Pearl to see how it can work for you as a provider and for your students.

Simply call or email a member of the Business Development Team to arrange a mutually convenient time for your demo on 01902 624 230 or email

Pre-Access / Skills for Further Study qualifications

Some learners require additional support and preparation before they undertake an Access course.

Pre-Access qualifications are designed, therefore, to prepare learners for the challenges of Level 3 study and equip them with the skills they need to progress onto and complete a Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma.

We have created a range of Pre-Access qualifications at Level 2 that are all eligible for funding.

Our Level 2 Certificate - Skills in Further Study is available in:

  • Business, Administration and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Preparation for Work and Study
  • Science and Engineering
  • Social and Community Work
  • Social Science and Humanities

Discover our Pre-Access qualifications here

Delivering these qualifications in your Centre


For more information regarding any of these qualifications, please get in touch by either:

Already one of our approved accredited centres?

Creating a new course to add to your portfolio is a straight-forward process, your Business Development Manager will be very happy to help you, please get in touch - see contact details above.

Thinking of becoming one of our centres?

This is also a straight-forward supported process! You can find out more about us by:

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