Access to HE students

Ready for a career change? Access to HE is your pathway to a degree

15 June 2023

Some people say that education is a lifelong journey, and at Coleg Gwent, we couldn’t agree more. We recognise that many of us take breaks from education at various points throughout our lives, dipping in and out of education at the times that suit us best. After all, education doesn’t end when we leave school at 16. It continues in college, university, the workplace, and the wider community as part of our everyday lives. So, whatever stage you’re at in life and whatever educational journey you’ve taken so far, it’s never too late to learn a new skill, pursue a passion, follow a dream, or explore a completely different avenue for your career.

Discover Access to HE

Access to HE Diploma courses are pathway to a degree. Many people study an Access to HE course at Coleg Gwent because they’re looking for a career change or wish to go to university but don’t hold the traditional qualifications needed for admission.

Madison Bones decided to study Access to Policing at the City of Newport Campus explaining;

Madison Bones

“This access course is helping me get into university without having to study my A-levels. I love the freedom of the course. The tutors are so helpful and friendly, they help motivate me to do my best and hopefully go on to achieve a role within the police force.”

As a level 3 qualification, Access courses are relative to A Levels and the Welsh Baccalaureate, preparing you for the demands of studying at undergraduate degree level and providing you with a pathway into university. This fast-track one-year route into Higher Education is widely accepted for entry to UK universities, and you’ll gain the relevant knowledge and study skills you need to progress and succeed.

But returning to education as a mature learner after a break can be hard and going back to the classroom can feel daunting. So, these courses are designed to be challenging and will push you to grow personally, academically and professionally, but you won’t be thrown in the deep end. At Coleg Gwent, you’ll be supported all the way as we help you to develop valuable skills for a successful career in your chosen field, prepare you for university studies, and set you up for success.

Our Access courses will refresh your study skills, grow your confidence, and teach you new techniques that will help you on your way to becoming a successful university student, meaning that a university degree is within your reach, even if you haven’t studied for years and have no previous qualifications. There are no age limits, no pre-requisites for qualifications, and no limit to where you can go!

Gemma Morgan chose Access to Nursing, Medical and Healthcare and she says;

Gemma Morgan

“I would recommend a science course at Coleg Gwent because it isn’t too overwhelming, there’s a lot of free time for independent learning, and everything you need is at the College.”

Where will Access to HE take me?

Access to HE courses open doors to new and exciting career paths in a range of popular subject areas, so you can pursue your goals and ambitions at any stage in life. In 2022, 767,000 people were accepted through UCAS, going on to study a wide range of subjects at undergraduate level and stepping into exciting new career paths. In fact, 78% of graduates in Higher Education were employed in high-skilled jobs!

So, whether you want to become a Lawyer, Psychologist, Dentist, Banker, Social Worker or Marine Biologist, there are plenty of Access to HE routes to choose from at Coleg Gwent to relaunch your education and progress your career:

Apply now to begin your pathway to a degree.