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Access to Higher Education

Open doors with a diploma from Hartpury

If you're looking to study for a degree but don't yet have the qualifications you need, an Access to Higher Education (HE) diploma could be for you. Similar to A-levels, Access to HE diplomas are full level 3 qualifications.

Around 40,000 students take advantage of this entry route to university every year. Access to HE diplomas can be completed in one year and provide you with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to move onto university study.

At Hartpury, you can choose from Access to HE qualifications in Sports Science, Animal Science and Welfare, Agriculture and Equine. Our students at all levels of study benefit from a specialist and hands-on learning environment with world-class facilities and expertise.

Our courses

Each one of our courses is made up of core units which include science, business, research projects and higher education study skills. There are also opportunities to study towards separate English and maths qualifications, if required.

Access to Higher Education diplomas

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Access to Higher Education Diploma Land-Based Studies

Our Land-Based Studies Access Diploma will provide you with the necessary study skills and field-specific grounding to succeed in your chosen agriculture, animal or equine degree.

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Access to Higher Education Diploma Sports Studies

Our Sports Studies Access Diploma is the perfect entry point to start your journey towards a career in the global sports industry. You’ll complete academic and practical sessions to develop the skills and knowledge of sport. 

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Designed to work for you

Qualifications are offered flexibly to suit your existing commitments and, depending on your situation, you could get your tuition fees paid in full; for example, if you’re aged 19-23 and haven’t already studied A-level, diploma or equivalent qualifications. If you’re a UK Student aged 24+, you may also be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your fees. These loans may not require repayment if you then continue onto, and complete, a degree.

On successful completion of the diploma, many of our students progress onto study undergraduate degrees at Hartpury, with options to advance even further through a postgraduate qualification. 97% of Hartpury University graduates are in employment, further study or other purposeful activity (Graduate Outcomes, 2023).

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Places at our Ofsted Outstanding college are competitive, so we recommend submitting your application as early as possible.

Prospective students don't need to have attended an open day to submit an application and can apply beforehand with no financial or any other obligations.