Access Courses

Access to Higher Education

You can obtain the academic credit and the study skills you need to enter university and succeed on your chosen degree course thanks to our Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Education has the power to transform lives, and our Access courses exemplify that, providing a route into university for adults without the right formal qualifications or traditional academic backgrounds.

Our Access students are an exceptional group of people who are both motivated and determined, and at Brock we match that commitment by pledging to provide dedicated and experienced teachers.

We understand returning to education can feel like a big step. That is why we give you specialist pastoral support to ensure you make an easy transition back into the classroom.

Small class sizes, a focus on study and academic writing skills, a dedicated Access Progression Advisor, and strong links with local universities, make Brock the perfect place to take your first step towards your ideal career.

You will also meet like-minded students and enjoy being part of diverse and supportive classes as you develop into a confident self-directed learner.

Importantly, successful completion of an Access course will demonstrate to universities your ability to change path through hard work and determination.

So make the most of your talents and discover a route into higher education as well as the career you want.

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Our students have gained places at prestigious universities across the UK and locally, including Southampton, Chichester, Portsmouth, Winchester and Bournemouth.

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

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Advanced learning loans

Advanced learning loans give you access to financial support to cover tuition fees. 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 £25,725 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 and is 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.
  • Loans are available irrespective of your current employment status and will not be means tested or subject to any credit checks.
  • 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.

Find out more information about advanced learning loans and how to apply here: Advanced Learning Loan


How long does an Access course last?

Students study this course full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

How many hours a week is the Access course?

Class contact time averages 12 hours a week over three days, between 9am and 3pm. Please note this is subject to change and you should check the planned timetable when you apply.

Can I take this course if I am under 19?

This course is designed for adults age 19+. If you are 18 and interested in the Access course, please do get in touch so that we can help you find the programme of study that is right for you.

When does this course start?

The course runs each year from September to June.

Can I study this via distance learning?

This is a classroom based course with no distance learning modules.

Will I need to study in my spare time?

For every hour of class contact time we recommend an hour spent studying independently. We recommend blocking out time to study and making use of our Learning Resources Centre and quiet study areas.

Is funding available for this course?

If you are under 24 years of age and do not hold a level 3 qualification, this course is funded. If you are over 24 years of age, or already hold a level 3 qualification, funding is available through an Advanced Learner Loan.

You may also be eligible for additional financial support towards childcare and travel costs through our bursary .

How is the course assessed?

In each of your subjects you will submit written assignments which are marked and graded by your teachers and externally moderated. You will sit one exam.

What will I need to do to get the best grades?

The Access teaching team is experienced and expert at teaching adult learners, so you will be very well supported. The single most important thing our successful students have in common is full attendance. Successful Access students are also well organised and devote plenty of time to independent study

Is it possible to study an access course if I have other commitments?

The majority of our access students combine the course with work and home commitments. You will need to be organised, but as long as you can commit to attending all lessons each week there is no reason why you cannot successfully complete the access course while juggling your other commitments.

What should I do before I apply?

Before you submit your application, please research your progression route thoroughly. Visit university open days and speak to staff running the course you hope to study. Check entry requirements on to make sure an access course is a good match for the uni course you want to take.

If you are planning to study nursing, midwifery, an allied health course or a teaching degree at university it is expected that you will have engaged with relevant work experience before you apply for an access course. Universities will expect to see evidence of relevant work experience in your personal statement, which you will write in the first term of the course.

What is the application process?

Please apply online. Part of the application form asks you to write a personal statement.
The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about you, your background, why you want to study the Access course and how it fits in with your future plans for university.
These personal statements often form the basis of our students’ UCAS personal statements, so please give us as much information as possible. Once your application has been received by the College you will be invited to attend an interview.
We start interviewing access applicants in March, though we welcome your application at any time.

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