Course type:
Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diploma - Land Based Studies

Get yourself ready for university level study

If you’re looking to come to university but don’t quite have the right qualifications to study at degree level, then our Access to Higher Education Diploma offers you the ideal progression route.

  • You could get your tuition fees completely paid if you’re aged 19-23 and haven’t already studied a Level 3 qualification (for example, A-levels or diploma)
  • You can study flexibly alongside your other commitments
  • On completion you’ll be ready to succeed at your chosen agriculture degree

We will provide you with the necessary study skills and field specific grounding so you go on to succeed at your chosen agriculture degree.

As well as being taught by our academic staff you will have access to our wide variety of student facilities including our Home Farm estate and animal collections. You will also have full access to our University learning zone and libraries.

The Access to Higher Education diploma is made up of core units which include science, business, research projects and higher education study skills. The agriculture route also has two specialist units which focus specifically on livestock and crop production. 

You will demonstrate your learning in a variety of ways for each unit. This may include written assessments, observed practicals, presentations, short reports and exams. On the successful completion of each unit, you will gain credits which will count towards your diploma.

The course runs from September to June each year. You will need to commit to 15 hours a week of contact time over a full academic year. In addition, you will need to invest a similar number of hours for your personal study.

Teaching will take place 3 days per week (currently Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), with the teaching day usually starting at 10.30am and finishing at 4.30pm. Some on-site study outside of these times may be required to fit in with the farm routine, e.g. milking or lambing.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees apply for Access to Higher Education Diplomas with advanced learner loans available to support fees (depending on criteria). Any questions about tuition fees and loans can be discussed at interview.

For any further queries please do contact our Student Finance team here.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

To apply for a course please complete an online application

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, we will write and invite you to attend an interview and written assessment with a member of staff on your chosen course. The interview is an opportunity to discuss the course content, ask any questions you may have and go on a tour of the campus.


If you are unable to complete an online application please contact