Access to Higher Education (Art and Design pathway) CERTA Diploma Level 3

This course offers mature students an alternative route to study art or design at university level.

Course Menu






1 Year


September 2020 start


Access will help you to develop the skills and self-confidence you will need to return to studying and progress to Degree level study.

It is a very challenging but rewarding course which will broaden your skills and understanding within Art and Design. At all stages you will be encouraged to adopt an innovative, creative and personal approach to your work in order to build an individual portfolio for application to higher education.

Guidance and help is given to the preparation and application of under graduate courses and to the selection from a wide range of art subjects to find the appropriate institutions that will best suit your career intentions.

You will be introduced to Drawing, Painting, Photography, 3D Sculpture and Design, Digital art, Textiles and Contextual studies before specializing in your chosen field of interest.

Students will develop their study skills, lateral thinking and analytical understanding of artworks across the broad spectrum of art and design.

Weekly tutorial support will help build confidence in your work, time management skills and to give guidance about degree courses.

Visiting speakers and guest lectures from Professional artist also enhance the programme of study.

Entry Requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years of age and have GCSE English Language (or Literature) and maths at new grade 4 or old grade C or above (or equivalent).  It is not possible to do GCSEs alongside the Access course.
  • A portfolio of recent work and sketch book of ideas will be required at interview to assess your suitability for the course.
  • All applicants are advised to take responsibility for checking entry requirements for their chosen degree course before applying for the Access course.

Assessment Methods

There are no exams, however, assessments and constructive feedback on progress take place at key points throughout the year. You will be expected to complete assignment briefs and develop a portfolio of work throughout the academic year.

Final work will also be assessed by an external examiner.

All work will be presented at the end of year Create Show for all graduating students.


You can progress on to any one of our HE art and design courses on completion of this course, including:

The access course will lead to a university degree which will help you find a career in art or as a designer.

Fees & Funding

If you are 19-23 you may be eligible to pay a reduced fee. Please ask for further information from our Student Finance team.

Students who are age 24+ or over will pay the full fee and may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan.

Students will be required to provide some of their own equipment and purchase some books. A list of these is provided when accepted onto the course. Students are required to cover the printing costs throughout the course.

There is also an opportunity to take part in residential trips.


    Course code


    Start date

    2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2021-07-02 00:00:00.000



    Dewsbury Centre

    Tags placeholder. do not edit or delete.

    Kirklees College