Access to Higher Education

It’s never too late to learn. If you have your sights set on university study and becoming an expert in your field, our Access to Higher Education courses provide you with the stepping stones to do just that.

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Our Access to Higher Education courses are specially designed to help those who want to progress onto further study in their chosen field. Whether you have your sights set on university study, are looking to study at Level 1 or 2 as an adult, or you’re returning to study during a career break, our Access to HE courses can help you achieve your long-term goals.

Our dedicated team will support you throughout your course and their passion for teaching will keep you motivated and committed to achieve, whatever your age or background.

Entry requirements may vary depending on your preferred course. Our enrolment team and teaching staff are on hand to guide you through the application process and help you choose the right path for you.

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College Higher Skills

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College Adult Education

Adult Learners 19+ (8)

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Qualifications & levels explained

There is a wide range of qualifications and levels available, but not all of them may be right for you. If you’re not sure what qualification type or level you should be searching for, take a look at our qualifications explained.

Find the perfect career

We can help you find that perfect career even if you’re not sure what it is yet! At Kirklees College, our mission is to make you as successful as you can be, from finding the right career to gaining the right skills

Case Studies


Studying Access to HE Science

I would not have been prepared for university without the Access course. You learn skills that you wouldn’t get doing A-Levels. I feel like I have more confidence and life experience – I’m really set up for university!


Studying Access to HE Social Sciences​

The tutors have really assisted me with my studies and have always encouraged me to study. They’ve been really helpful in answering my questions and are very passionate about their teaching. They’ve always motivated me to keep going. Studying at Kirklees College develops you intellectually and I would recommend anyone to come here.
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Studying Access to HE Health Science

All the tutors have been supportive and always try to encourage you to reach your full potential. In my experience, I have found that help is only ever a phone call away. Studying an Access course has really helped me to focus on getting where I want to go.

Alumni Case Studies


Studied Access to HE Social Sciences

I returned to my education at the age of 36 and Kirklees College supported me, inspired me and removed barriers to learning that I thought were permanent. My tutors helped me to reach my potential and their feedback was invaluable in developing me as an academic. My tutor helped me to realise that getting a first-class honours degree was a possibility and I have now achieved a First-Class Honours degree from the University of Bradford.


Studied Access to HE Health Sciences

There were many great parts about studying at Kirklees College, including meeting new people and the tutors. There is capacity to work part-time, look after children and still study and gain certification. The college is student-centred and friendly and as a mature student I found it to be one of the best years of my life. I have now achieved a First-Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Huddersfield and have accepted a position working as a Rotational Physiotherapist.