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Have you ever thought there may be more for you? Education can unlock so many different worlds, whether you want to gain skills and knowledge to boost your career, change direction or just prove to yourself, yes I can do this.

If you’d like to study for a degree and are aged 19 and over, but don’t have the qualifications you need, then an Access to Higher Education course could help refresh your study skills, build your confidence and open the gateway to a new career.


Access courses are specifically designed for adults looking to return to study

The timetable is built to help you balance work, family and other commitments

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely recognised by UK universities and colleges

Advanced Learning Loans are available to cover tuition costs of Access courses

We also offer Progression (Pre-Access) courses to prepare you for an Access course, ideal if you have been away from studying for some time

On an Access course you will study a subject of your choice with fellow adults. The course will be delivered in a flexible way with supportive staff who understand the challenges adults may face when returning to education.

As well as expanding your subject knowledge we will help you develop the study skills needed to succeed at university. We know we are good at this as our past students often tell us how confident they felt in their first year of university study, compared to some of their peers. Often our learners make long lasting friendships with fellow students and support each other throughout the Access programme and beyond.

We will help you identify the best university courses for you and support you with your application. Our students progress onto a wide range of university courses; some with us, some at other institutions in Cornwall, and some further afield.

Fees for 2016 entry are approximately £3,000, this is usually confirmed by the Skills Funding Agency in April/May each year. For anyone who is 19 years or over, you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover all costs. You do not have to repay the loan until you are earning a minimum of £21,000 a year.

The loan may also be written off by the Student Loans Company if you go on to complete a full higher education qualification. The College also has a limited bursary fund to support people from low income families with their course costs, childcare and transport.

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If you want to change your career but are not sure if an Access course is the right route please feel free to make an appointment with one of our advisors, they are totally impartial and will help you to explore all your options.

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