Access to HE: The next steps to University


Frequently Asked Questions

Will my Access course guarantee me a place on a university degree programme?

No, you will need to make an application through UCAS. For more information, please visit here

What is a mature student?

A mature student is someone who is aged 21 or over when they start their degree.

What’s the workload like?

Workloads will vary between courses. Please come along to an Open Day to attend a subject session on your chosen course where an academic will give you further information about the workload you can expect. To register for an Open Day please go to "come and visit us" section on the right.

How flexible is my timetable in terms of childcare commitments?

This very much depends of the course you are applying for. Some courses require as little attendance as 12 hours per week (including lectures and seminars). Other courses - such as Nursing , for example, are quite demanding. At present, for these courses, the day can start from 09.00 for taught sessions and finish at 17.00. There are no face -to-face sessions at weekends. Practice can vary with shift patterns starting at 7 am and finishing at 8pm (12 hour shifts with appropriate breaks) for day shifts and night shifts 8pm -7am. This very much depends on the type of nursing required. Example adult acute care would follow this pattern. You would get two weeks leave at Christmas and Easter and three weeks for a summer break, but there are no half term holidays. We suggest that if these are the courses you would like to study - you should be flexible and resilient in your childcare arrangements as it is a requirement to accrue 2,300 hours practice and 2,300 theory with experience of the 24/7 patient journey.

Are there any part-time jobs available during my studies?

We have an on-campus recruitment agency called Unitemps, offering a wide range of work opportunities both on and off campus. You can register with them here

Are there any courses I can take before I start my degree?

University can be a big change from college, so to help ease you into it, we offer everyone but especially for those who are about to study as an undergraduate at the University or are in their first year the opportunity to complete a pre-university course called “Study skills for academic success” to help you get ahead of the game. This is an online course which helps you prepare yourself for university learning – so you have nothing to worry about! For more information about this course and how to register email our enquiries team at

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