Access to Higher Education


Access courses are nationally recognised programmes of study designed to support adults (19+) who have few qualifications or are changing career and don't have the relevant entry criteria, but who are aspiring to study at degree level.

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Meet the Student

Access Studies HE

“ I previously studied the Pre Access course at Canterbury College and really enjoyed the experience so decided to return to study Access to Nursing and Healthcare Professions. This course has been even better! My tutor is great, as well as being a good teacher, she always offers support and advice when I need it.

The college is really local and convenient and studying here allows me to live at home. When I finish here I hope to go on to study locally, a BSc in Mental Health Nursing.”

James Baldwin - Access to Nursing and Healthcare Professions

Programme Coordinator Profile

Graham Farbrace

Qualifications: PGCE, MA English Literature, BA(Hons) English and Social Science.

"Access provides a second chance or fresh start for people returning to education. Organising lively sessions and communicating my passion for the subjects to the students is what I enjoy most about my job"

Graham Farbrace, 2016


Our Access students have progressed to a variety of degrees and careers including nursing, education, business management, art & design, biomedical science, mechanical engineering, computer science, biology.

Progression to Universities

Students that have successfully completed Access programmes with us have gone on to study Higher Education at a variety of local, national and international universities and institutions such as; the University of Kent, Canterbury Christchurch University, University of London, University of Greenwich, Nottingham University, University of Southampton to name but a few.