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Access is the perfect option for people aged 19 and over who have been out of education for a while or who are seeking a career change.

Access to Higher Education is for adults aged 19 and over who would like to attend university

Why Access to Higher Education

Some of the most popular Access subject areas include IT and computing, health and social care, education, and business management, but at City College there are loads of Access and Pre-Access courses to choose from.

We also offer the option to study an express course or do all of your learning exclusively online; but for those who love learning through collaboration, our part-time and evening courses will fit neatly around other commitments. 

Please note Access to HE courses are not available to people under the age of 19.


Graduation on the Hoe

Choose your course

Social Science (Psychology, Sociology and Law)

  • Course code: SOCFT, SOCXE
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Access
  • Course type: Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration: One year

Psychology, Sociology and Law (Online Course)

  • Course code: SOCONL
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Access
  • Course type: Distance learning, FREE (Eligibility Applies)
  • Duration: One year

Pre-Access (Step-up Programme)

  • Course code: SUP01
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Access
  • Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Part-time
  • Duration: Six weeks
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“I’m pleased I did my Access course with the College. The lecturers were really supportive and you would always get a quick response to a question.”

Caley Mead

“Even the modules I found most difficult I did well in. I don’t think I’ve ever had such good results.”

Luke Reeves

I hope to become a family law barrister, providing protection for vulnerable children. I feel my future is full of possibilities thanks to Access.”

Toni Perrin

Funding your Access course

If you’re concerned about the costs of returning to education, any student over the age of 19 can apply for a Government-funded Advanced Learner Loan. This will cover your course fees so you don’t have to worry about paying up front. Plus, any Access student who goes on to complete a higher education qualification will not have to pay back the loan for the Access course. So what’s stopping you?

See our Advanced Learner Loan page for more information and details of how to apply.

Virtual Tour

City College Plymouth like you’ve never seen it before. Tour our facilities from the comfort of your sofa and explore our various subject area-focused introductory videos and demonstrations.

Welcome to City College

Come visit us

We hold multiple events all year round, from Year 11 taster sessions to full open days. Our events are a great way to see our facilities, meet our staff and get a feel for life at City College.