Access to Higher Education

Access courses are aimed at adults aged 19 and over who have a career path in mind that is likely to require University-level study.

Birmingham Metropolitan College offers a wide range of Access Courses. Access Courses develop study skills, build confidence, and allow you to experience different subject areas within your chosen pathway, to prepare you for study at university. They are ideal if you have missed out on an opportunity to study previously.

If you would like to study on one of our Access Courses, you should be motivated, enthusiastic and able to manage your time effectively. You should also be able to demonstrate some previous experience in your chosen pathway. In return, we will provide a supportive and caring environment, where you can study with like-minded people.

Each year, hundreds of our learners gain entry to some of the UK’s most prestigious universities, including local institutions like Warwick, Aston and Birmingham.

From 1st August 2013, anyone aged 24 and over who starts a Level 3 or Level 4 course in England will be able to apply to the government for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. This loan does not have to be paid back if you then go onto successfully complete your chosen degree.

Advanced Learning Loans

From 1st August 2016, anyone aged 19 and over who starts a Level 3 or Level 4 course in England will be able to apply to the government for an Advanced Learning Loan. This loan does not have to be paid back if you then go onto successfully complete your chosen degree. Click here for more info on Advanced Learner Loans.

Our Access to HE Courses

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Entry Requirements

We ask that applicants can demonstrate a range of life experiences outside of formal education including but not limited to voluntary or paid work so you can benefit fully from the experience of studying these courses.

You will need to demonstrate that you have literacy skills and numeracy skills at Level 2 as a minimum. To do this we will ask you to complete an online assessment. We also ask you to complete a piece of free writing in a set time, a written comprehension test and an interview with a course tutor.

This may seem like a long list but we know what is required to prepare you to study university level qualifications and we want to make sure you have every chance of success.

GCSE English and Maths at Grade C are critical requirements for University entrance so if you do not have these or their equivalent you will need to study them alongside your access programme.

For Science Access to HE, English and maths GCSE is a requirement for entry on to the course. If you are studying an education programme you will be required to study Science to GCSE if you haven't already achieved a Grade C.

Applicants need to be 19 years old or over.