Funding for Access to Higher Education Diploma

Financial Support is available for eligible home/EU students aged 19+, if they meet one of the criteria set out below. The Skills Funding Agency funded rates for Access to HE courses are set out in the above table under the UK/EU students column.


Students Aged 19-23

Financial help towards the costs of childcare and travel from the discretionary support fund might be available, but cannot be guaranteed. Students should raise their support needs with the application team when the enquire about admissions.

  • NO COURSE FEES PAYABLE: Students aged 19-23 at the start of the Access to HE Diploma course (13 October 2014), are fully funded, and do not have to pay any course fees¬†(except the registration fee) with the only additional fee charges being for trips, library fines, photocopying and replacement badges, if they are in one of the following categories:
    • Students studying their first full level 3 qualification
    • Students on JSA, ESA in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) or Universal Credit, who are mandated to undertake skills up to level 3
    • Unemployed students in receipt of a state benefit wanting to study up to level 3 who would like to enter employment but require the skills to do so
  • 50% OF COURSE FEES PAYABLE All other students within this age group will be co-funded and charged 50% of the funded rate published by the skills funding agency. These students must also pay the registration fee and for any trips, library fines, photocopying and replacement badges.


Students Aged 24+

  • Students who are 24+ and wanting to study for an Access to HE Diploma must either pay their tuition themselves or take out a government loan to cover these costs, which will be based on the maximum funded rate published by the skills funding agency. If you are enrolling on one of our Access to Higher Education programmes and then progress to a Higher Education (HE) course at any UK college or university, any outstanding 24+ Advanced Learning Loans you owe for an Access to HE course will be 'written off' once you complete a higher education course. This means you don't have to repay it.


Further information on Government 24+ Advanced Learning Loans for the Access Courses: