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Access to HE

Discover our accredited access courses tailored to adults. If you are aged 19 and above, and you want to transition into a new career or pursue higher education, our Access to Higher Education courses provide a fast-track route to degree-level studies, ensuring you can achieve your academic aspirations.

What are Access to HE courses?

Access to Higher Education (HE) courses are nationally recognised programmes of study designed to support adults (aged 19+) who have few qualifications or are changing career and don’t have the relevant entry criteria, but who are aspiring to study at university.

Students that have successfully completed Access programmes with us have progressed onto a range of degrees at a variety of local, national and international universities and institutions.

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How you apply for a course at Canterbury College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our subject areas, and see which of our courses is right for you.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply for your chosen course via our website.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Book an interview with our team, and come along to College to see if our course is right for you.

“I’ve really appreciated having the opportunity to do an Access course. With my children now at school, and the course only being part-time I can commit to pursuing a career I’ve always been interested in. The tutors have also been great in accommodating those of us with additional commitments.”

Melynda Phelan
Healthcare Professions

“Completing this course has helped me get an offer at university to study Law and Business. I’ve really enjoyed the topics we’ve covered in Psychology and I think having a deeper understanding of human behaviour will help a great deal when I pursue a career in Corporate Law.”

Lucas Piolatti
Social Sciences

“After my initial interview I immediately knew this was the course for me. It’s great to be in a group filled with likeminded people, who are all eager to learn. Studying this course has helped me prepare for university, we have a larger workload and cover a broad range of topics so I feel like I’m set up well and ready to progress onto my uni course.”

Alice-Marie Cookson
Social Sciences

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