Access to Higher Education

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At Step Into Learning, we are offering distance learning Access to HE courses

What is an Access Course?

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at degree level. It has been designed to give you relevant academic subject knowledge and the opportunity to learn how to approach study at university-level and develop techniques to help you succeed.

Who can take an Access Course?

There is no such thing as a typical Access to HE student. Our Access to HE Diplomas are taken by students of all ages and backgrounds.

Courses are designed, in particular, for people who have been out of education for some time, especially those who left school with too few qualifications to be able to go straight to university. Access to HE courses provide a good foundation in the knowledge and skills required for studying at university level, so that students are confident and well prepared when they go on to higher education.

About the Course

This is an online course accredited by OCN London. Lessons are taught on Zoom. This course is designed around local university course entry requirements. We offer two pathways:

  • Health & Social Care
  • Social Science

Our highly experienced tutors who will be able to advise on which pathway is best for you & support progression opportunities.

How am I assessed?

Coursework is uploaded to our online platform SILO. A student who successfully completes all course requirements is awarded the Access to HE Diploma.


Access to HE Diplomas are made up of 60 credits. 45 of these are at level 3 and graded. The remaining 15 credits are not graded and may be at level 2 or level 3. You must successfully achieve 60 credits to be awarded a Diploma.

How is it funded?


Why Choose Step into Learning?

High achievements – all learners achieved merits and distinctions in 2020-21.

Learners were well-supported and very well-prepared for HE

OCN London Moderator

“Been an amazing year, it’s gone really quick, I was supported so well, as I work full time and the work could be challenging, having to find time to fit it all in with a young family too. but it was a great team, and I have got the distinctions I needed to enter Midwifery, my dream job, and I can honestly say I would not have done this without the support, fun, laughter encouragement and continued answering of my endless questions. It has been an amazing experience. and I will miss Jen, Sam and Lee.


Access to Health & Social Care

  • Suitable for those wanting to start a career in the health professions

You will study:

  • study skills
  • biology
  • sociology
  • psychology

32 weeks part-time or full-time

Access to Social Science

  • Suitable for those wanting to go on to Counselling, Social science, Social work, Teaching, Psychology.

You will study:

  • study skills
  • sociology
  • psychology

32 weeks part-time or full-time