Access to HE Diplomas are the launch pad into a full-time or part-time university degree. Access courses are accepted by over 140 universities but be sure to check your chosen institute will accept the qualification before embarking on your studies with us.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is for individuals 19 years or over who are looking to gain the knowledge and skills needed to study at a higher level, or to seek employment opportunities. The course is an ideal springboard for the Cert HE and FDSc in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure.

Course content

  • Algebraic Methods
  • Calculus
  • Numerical and Algebraic Techniques
  • Trigonometry
  • Numerical Methods
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Technical Skills for Writing
  • Writing for Different Purposes
  • Electrical Science – Construction Principles and Application
  • Electrical Science – Circuits and Operation
  • Mechanical Properties of Materials
  • Mechanics
  • Mechanical Science – Energy and Motion
  • Electricity
  • Research Topic

Progression opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you can continue your studies at most UK universities on a range of engineering courses offered. If you have a particular university and course in mind, please check with them to ensure the Access to Higher Education qualification will allow progression onto that course. This course also provides a great entry point onto our Level 4 Cert HE or the two-year Level 5 Foundation Degree – with both leading to the BSc Top Up Degree.


Course costs

This course is FREE in Birmingham for all adults aged 19+ who live in a West Midlands Combined Authority postcode

Course duration

  • One year, full-time (2/3 days per week)
  • September start



Entry requirements

  • You will need to be working at Level 2 English and Maths and demonstrate your commitment to the course
  • Typically, learners on this course are aged 19 years old or over