Access to Higher Education Diploma (Level 3) Ascentis

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Level 3) Ascentis

Who is this course for?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is an intensive one year course that enables students without the necessary academic qualifications to gain a level 3 certificate with A level equivalency and to prepare them for degree level education. Students must have a real desire to study and a commitment to attend.

This course is for mature students who are at least 19 years old on 1st September. 


What are the entry requirements for the course?

There are no formal entry requirements but you need to be able to demonstrate:

  • You are at least 19 years old on 1st September.
  • Sufficient levels of literacy and numeracy. It is strongly recommended that you have GCSE Maths and English at grade C (grade 4) or above before you start the course.
    Some universities and professions, such as teaching, nursing and childcare, also require you to have a GCSE in Science at grade C (grade 4) or above as an entry requirement.
  • Evidence of recent study is desirable.
  • Some idea of the higher education courses you wish to apply for.
  • An ability to undertake independent study.
  • Time management is essential as this course requires high levels of self-motivation and organisation.


How long is this course?

A 1 year full-time course beginning in September 2022 and finishing June 2023.

The deadline for applications is 11th of May 2022.


What will I study on this course?

At UCJ we offer two pathways: Access Diploma in Social Science or Access Diploma in Science; both are designed to enable learners to progress onto a broad range of degrees. 

  • The Science Diploma covers chemistry, maths, biology and psychology; this qualification is very useful for those considering nursing, sports and any science degrees. 
  • The Diploma in Social Science includes study of psychology, criminology, sociology and counselling which provide a useful foundation for many humanities, social science, and psychology and criminology degrees.  

In addition all students undertake units in ICT and Study Skills. 


What Qualification will I gain?

Ascentis Access to Higher Education Diploma – Level 3.

Satisfactory completion of the course is equivalent to three A Levels.


Will I go out on work experience?

There is no work experience for Access to HE.  This is a very demanding academic – 3 A level equivalency – course in one year.


How is the course assessed?

A variety of methods including self-assessment, coursework and time constrained exercises and examinations. 


What does this course lead on to?

The Access to HE diploma opens up progression to a range of Humanities, Science and Social Science degree courses in UK universities for adult learners, applying via UCAS. 

It is a direct progression route to the many Plymouth University degrees on offer at University College Jersey (UCJ), which provides a low-cost route to gaining a degree on-island. It also provides an excellent foundation for the local Nursing Degree at the General Hospital, St Helier.


How much will it cost?

  • £129 subscription and exam fee – this may be subject to a small increase.
  • £3200 full course fees (if you have not studied at Level 3 before, your course fees may be waived) 

There may be some additional costs for specialist books. 


How can I find out more?

For more information, please email  or call 608588


Extra Info?

You can find out more about the Access to HE Diploma as a route into HE at


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