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Access to Higher Education - Engineering

Engineering students Tresham College


Engineering Access to Higher Education Advanced (Level 3)

Aimed at adult learners over the age of 19, this course provides you with the opportunity to study a Level 3 qualification, on a full-time basis, leading to progression on to a higher education qualification. You will focus on developing core skills and knowledge in maths and science.

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 12/09/2022
Type: Full Time
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday
Time(s): 8:30am - 5:00pm
Length: 1 year
Fees: £3,928.00
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Course information

Entry requirements

Grade requirements:

You will need a grade A*-C or 9-4 in maths, English Language to succeed on this course and Science (Chemistry/Physics) is advisable, or relevant work experience in this field may be considered. Your place on the course will be subject to a maths assessment and engineering aptitude assessment and a successful interview. A genuine interest of a career in engineering is essential.

Course content

The course is designed to prepare you for entry on to higher education provision in Engineering. In addition to vocationally related technology the course will focus on the mathematical and scientific skills essential for success.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range or methods including end tests, assignment work and presentations.


You will gain:

  • Access to Higher Education Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
Further study and career options

On successful completion of the course, you can progress on to the HNC in Engineering at College or progress to a degree in Engineering at university.

Additional information

You will be required to attend College for two days a week on a Monday and Tuesday with classes starting at 8.30am and you will also be expected to study for approximately 15 hours a week outside of College. You may need to purchase books relating to the course.

Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications

– this information is required (note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment). Once we’ve processed your application you will be contacted by email. Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options here

If you complete one of our Access to Higher Education courses and use an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your tuition fee, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on the Advanced Learner Loan if you then go on to complete an undergraduate course.

18 year olds may apply and will need to have English Language and maths GCSE at grade C (4) or above or equivalent level 2 qualifications before the start of the course and be subject to a successful interview. Successful applicants will be in college for 2 days per week and will also be required to undertake additional studies up to 50 hours (which will support in providing valuable experience to include in UCAS applications aiding progression to Higher Education). If you are successful you may qualify for a free place. Alternatively we offer Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.



We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.