Fast Track - Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Engineering)


Access courses are designed for adult learners who may not hold traditional qualifications such as A-Levels. They are designed to give you relevant academic knowledge and skills before progression to higher education and are widely recognised by universities as alternative qualifications.

The course will be available at both the Doncaster and Birmingham Campus.

What You Will Learn

You will study a range of different modules designed to give you the relevant skills and knowledge required to progress onto your chosen degree course. Along with your three main modules, you will also work on your Study Techniques and have a tutorial

Who is this course aimed at

Access students are aimed at ages between 19 and 60. Some have more recent experience of study while some have not attended school for years. You will study alongside other adults who have similar progression and career aims as you.

Course Content

Advanced Mathematics;

  • Algebraic Methods
  • Calculus
  • Numerical and Algebraic Techniques
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistical Research

Common Core

  • Speaking and Listening
  • Technical Skills for Writing
  • Writing for Different Purposes

Engineering Science

  • Mechanical Properties of Materials

Mechanical Engineering

  • Mechanics

Mechanical Science

  • Mechanical Science –Energy and Motion

Related Studies (Engineering)

  • Research Topic

Electrical Engineering

  • Electrical Science – Circuits & Operation
  • Electrical Science – Construction Principles and Application

Course Duration

  • January Start
  • 6 months - 3 days per week


Birmingham or Doncaster

Entry Requirements

  • English Language GCSE grade 4 (C) or Functional Skills Level 2 Pass or equivalent.
  • Maths GCSE grade 4 (C) or Functional Skills Level 2 Pass or equivalent.

Duration Of Study

The Fast-track Access to HE course is a 6-month course, starting in January and finishing in July.

You will typically attend timetabled lessons at college for 3 days per week and you will be expected to commit to a further recommended 15 hours of self-study at home.

Hours are typically 9.00 am – 5.00 pm with days to be confirmed.

Course Costs

For 19-23 year olds the course is free if you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification and live within a WMCA postcode area.

Otherwise, the following fees will apply - Course fee: £3,928; Exam fee: £94.

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay the fees if you already hold a level 3 qualification or do not live in a WMCA postcode area or are aged 24 years or over. Details will be given on offer of a place on the course.