Access Courses

If you do not have the right qualifications or experience to take a higher education course, Access courses provide a route to degree-level study.

Access courses aim to introduce you to your chosen subject, developing your study skills and increasing your confidence and ability to progress to degree-level study at universities across the UK.

Our Access Course offers specific Diplomas which will introduce you to you relevant areas of study, develop your understanding of the subject and enable you to make informed decisions about your degree level study and career plans.

Our students benefit from small class sizes, specialist teaching staff and excellent facilities.

Access training at Brock

Access courses are usually completed full time over one year but by agreement may be taken part time over two years. We offer flexible timetables to enable you to fit your study in around your existing commitments, and facilities such as onsite childcare are available if required.


All Diploma courses are designed for those who do not have traditional A Level or vocational qualifications, providing the required university entrance qualification as well the skills needed to progress to Higher Education.  Our students gain places at prestigious universities across the UK and locally, including Southampton, Chichester, Portsmouth, Winchester and Bournemouth.

Diploma in Law

This Diploma can lead to a variety of careers including Solicitor, Barrister, Local Government, Insurance, Police Force, Teaching or Human Resources.

Law is a mandatory subject for this Diploma; students can then choose three other subjects relevant to their future study and career plans; options are English, History and either Psychology or Sociology.

Diploma in Social Science

This Diploma provides the grounding for a variety of careers including Social Work, Counselling, Psychology, Sociology and Teaching.

Psychology and Sociology are mandatory for this Diploma – students then choose two other subjects, reflecting the areas they wish to specialise in: English, Law, History and Social Issues in Healthcare.

Diploma in Science

Relevant to those who wish to pursue a science-based career including Biomedical, Biology, Forensic, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Environmental Science.

Students will choose a combination of any four of the following subjects, reflecting the areas they wish to specialise in: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

Diploma in Primary Teaching

This Diploma is specifically aimed at those students who plan a career in teaching at primary level.

Students will choose a combination of any four of the following subjects, reflecting the areas they wish to specialise in: Biology, Chemistry, English, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, History and Sociology.

Diploma in Humanities or Humanities with Mathematics

These Diplomas usually lead into a degree in one of the subjects taken.  Upon graduation, career opportunities might include Secondary Teaching, Librarianship, Archaeology, Business or Management.

Mathematics is a mandatory subject for the Humanities with Mathematics option. Students can then choose three/four other subjects that will be relevant to their future study and career plans; options are English, Law, History and either Psychology or Sociology.

Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery

This popular Diploma usually leads to a career in one of these areas.

The Diploma is made up of units in Biology, Social Issues in Healthcare and Psychology with one unit from either Chemistry, Maths or Sociology.

Diploma in Allied Health Professions

This popular Diploma can lead to a career in health services (other than nursing and midwifery) so is ideal for those who wish to progress into areas such as Occupational Therapy,  Physiotherapy,  Speech Therapy, Podiatry or Paramedic Science.

Biology is a mandatory subject for this Diploma. Students can then choose three other subjects relevant to their future study and career plans; options are Psychology, Chemistry, English, Maths, Physics and either Social Issues in Health Care or Sociology.

GCSE English and GCSE Maths courses are also available for those who require them.

Help with funding

Advanced learning loans

Advanced learning loans give you access to financial support for tuition costs. This means that rather than having to pay for your course at the start, you can pay with a loan from the Student Loans Company.

You will only start to repay the loan once you have left the course and are earning over £21,000 a year.

If you are aged 19* or over you will have the option to:

  • Pay the course fees personally.
  • Have an employer/sponsor pay the course fees for you.
  • Apply for an advanced learning loan to cover the complete cost of the course.

Advanced learning loans are for anyone who is:

  • Aged 19 or over at the start of the course.
  • Studying at Level 3 to Level 6 in further education or training.
  • Resident in the UK.

Please note:

  • You will not be eligible for a loan if you have already taken one to complete the same type and level of qualification.
  • If you are aged 19-23 and are applying for your first Level 3 qualification, this may be free. Please contact us to check your eligibility.
  • If you are taking out a loan for an access course, you will not have to repay it if you then go on to complete a higher education qualification.
  • Loans are available irrespective of your current employment status and will not be means tested or subject to any credit checks.


For more information about advanced learning loans and how to apply, please visit:

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“The teaching and support staff have offered help whenever we need it. There is a lot of peer support in class too and a real sense of community. I left school with no GCSEs, and gaining a place at university seemed almost impossible; however the Access course has opened up the opportunity for me to achieve that goal.”

Amanda Ronald – Access Course

How to apply for Access courses

Print & complete an application form then post to:

Adult Education Team
Brockenhurst College
Lyndhurst Road
SO42 7ZE

On receipt of your application form we will contact you to arrange an interview

Download Application Form