• Would you like to start a new career?

    We are offering routes in Healthcare & Social Care and Education

    • Nursing and Midwifery
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Health and Social Care professions such as Adult Care, Social Work, or Community Support Work
    • Physiotherapy
    • Education professions such as Primary, Secondary or Further Education Teaching
    • Humanities Such as History, English Psychology & Law
  • Access to Higher Education (HE) courses

    Designed for people aged over 19 who want to go to university but:


    • didn't get the A'levels they needed or have old qualifications and may need a refresher,
    • have not been in education for some time or 
    • want a change in direction or pursue a new career
  • Access to HE course is the equivalent of 3 A'levels

    The course can be done over one or two years and is supported by an Adult Learning Loan but currently this is waived on completion of your degree or if you are in receipt of a pension (ask for details).

  • ‚ÄčBe all you can with an Access to Higher Education course.

    To apply or enquire about 
    Access to Higher Education Diploma 
    contact us on:

    01670 622103 or 01434 607298   

    or email Jane.Dunne@northumberland.gov.uk


Would you like a  rewarding career ?

We have Access to Higher Education Diplomas available in:-

· Health and social care professions
· Nursing and midwifery  
· Allied health care
· Teaching
· Humanities

Starting THIS September ... Call us now to apply on

Prudhoe - Carol Young or Matthew Crowe 01670 623689

Morpeth - Jane Dunne or Kerrie Riddell 01670 622257

Alnwick - Jane Sandford or Maureen McFall 01670 623691

To apply or enquire about Higher Education Diplomas or come along to one of our roadshows 

 Access to HE Open events:

Thursday 29 June in Alnwick Learning Centre, Lindisfarne Road, NE66 1AX  5 till 8pm:


What is Access to Higher Education?

Many people discover, sometimes years after leaving school that they wished they had gone to university. 

There are many fulfilling careers that are impossible to get in to without going to university but getting back into full time study can be challenging. 

An Access to  Higher Education course is a really good way to start thinking academically again and universities love it too!

View a full range of the course that we offer here 
Being a graduate can open doors for you, it can give you a chance to explore a new career, help you to develop your interests and increase your earning power.
An Access to HE Diploma is one of the main routes into University for adult learners.  The diploma is a full level 3 qualification, and is the equivalent of 3 A’Levels.
The diploma is for people aged over 19 who want to go to university but:

  • Didn’t get the grades needed or want a refresher
  • Have not been in education for some time
  • Want a change in direction or a new career 
You will need:
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above and possibly a Science; in any case these are university requirements for most courses. 
  • You will also undertake an initial assessment before starting the course. 

Please note that if you do not have these GCSES or do not reach the required standard there is a pre-access course that you will be able to take to prepare you for the Level 3 programme. 

Talk to a member of our team who will be able to help you with finding the right path for you. 


From age 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learning loan to cover the cost of your fees.  Currently when you complete your degree this loan is waived.
Why not give us a call to see what we can offer you? Be all you can with an Access to Higher Education course.

To apply for or enquire about Access to Higher Education Diploma contact us on 01670 622103  or 01434 607298 or email  Jane.Dunne@northumberland.gov.uk