The Next Success Story Could Be YOU!

The Access to HE Diploma is an amazing qualification aimed at adults who may or may not have any previous qualifications but want to go study at HE to maybe become a nurse, doctor, teacher, lawyer, social worker whatever you want to be.It’d been around since the 1970s/80s in fact and thousands have benefitted. Lives are truly changed!

The Access to HE Diploma opens doors to your next career and the best news is that it could be free. If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for it and you go on to achieve your HE course, then the government will right-off your Accessto HE Diploma loan. Only Access to HE students get this right off. If you want to change or start a new career, then studying an Access to HE Diploma is the perfect place to begin your journey. With subjects as diverse as health to the arts, your local provider will have something for you to help you take the next step.

There’s never been a better time to take the next steps to your future career.With many individuals rethinking their future and generaloutlook on life, now really is the time to make that change. 

Read the case studies from former Access to HE Students on how the Access to HE Diploma has changed their lives.  These will be updated each day lining with our social media campaign.

Name:  Lisa Earle
Access to HE Diploma: Humanities and Social Science, Bishop Auckland College
HE Course: Social Work Degree, New College Durham
Current Role: Senior Social Worker, Durham County Council

Lisa enrolled on the Access to Higher Education course in 2012/2013 Lisa explained "At the time I was going through a lots of personal ups and downs. I was a part time cleaner in a care home and knew I could better myself. I had always had aspirations to do a degree but had little confidence. I applied for the Access to HE course not realising how far it would take me. I remember that feeling when I sat while the tutur talked me through my first assignment grade. It was a 750-word essay about The Troubles. You told me I had achieved a distinction and that feeling has never left me. It boosted my confidence and made me realise I could go further. I passed the Access to HE course and got a place on a Social Work degree course at New College Durham. I also had offers from Sunderland and Teesside University."

Lisa passed her degree in 2016 with first class honours and got her first statutory social work position for Durham County Council in 2017. She is currently a senior social worker on the looked after children team and has won an award within the local authority for Learner of the year for completing my ASYE to a high standard (Assessed and supported year in employment). She has also represetned her Local Authority at a large social work convention in London and presented a workshop to a group of 60 people.  Lisa said "I had no idea I was a capable of that and astounded that so many people were interested in hearing about my journey. I have even been interviewed by two newspapers and had my photo in the paper, it’s all because I decided to go to Bishop Auckland College for advice and enrolled on the Access to HE Diploma course.

Completing the Access to HE course has changed my life. I had no idea I could achieve what I have,  I’m happy and in such a rewarding job. I hope this can inspire others to enrol on the Access to HE course and give them the confidence needed to keep going and change their lives too. Sky is the limit!" 

Name: Laura Stobbs
Access to HE Diploma: Humanities and Social Science, Bishop Auckland College
HE Course: BSC in Psychology, Univerity of Sunderland 
Current Role: Tutor, Health and Social Care, Bishop Auckland College

Laura was a Travel Agent for 15 years but decided that she wanted a profession instead of a job. Laura said " Initially wanted to be a Social Worker, however as soon as I was introduced to Psychology and Sociology on the Access to HE course at Bishop Auckland college I knew that they were the areas I wished to study. I completed a 3 year BSC in Psychology at Sunderland University (major psychology and minor in sociology) and completed with a 2:1. I then went on to do my PCET for one year at Sunderland Uni (which I obtained a level of ‘outstanding’).

From this I obtained a part time teaching job at Bishop Auckland college teaching Psychology and Sociology (with other subjects) on the Access to HE course and I have now secured a full-time position and become course coordinator for Level 3 Health and Social care. I am due to take over as Tutor and course coordinator for the Foundation Degrees in Health and Social Care and Education and Care in partnership with Sunderland University (levels 4 and 5) which is delivered on Bishop Auckland Campus over the summer.

The Access to HE course was a lifeline to me. It not only provided me with the skills and credentials to secure a place at University, but it provided me with a thirst for knowledge, a passion for progression, confidence in my own abilities and professional tools for life.

None of this would have been possible without the passion for teaching I observed and enjoyed and the endless support and encouragement of my Access to HE tutors. (Which 7 years after completing the course… I still receive)" 

The following organisations below are approved by One Awards to deliver the Access to HE Diploma, please click on the logo to visit their website to find out more about the Access to HE Diplomas on offer:








“One Awards' innovative results service has been a fantastic development for universities and allows us to check students' achievement immediately ourselves. This is an excellent service which means that we are able to confirm student places quickly and effectively without having to follow up with providers and students or wait for results to be sent on to us. This is because their certification turnaround time of less than two days allows One Awards to process student results almost as soon as the colleges/providers have provided the final verified results. This really does help us put students at the heart of our confirmation process”.

Jane Oswald, Assistant Director, Marketing & Student Recruitment
University of Sunderland