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 Access to Higher Education

Your passport to a university level course – in less than a year.

With hard work, planning and determination, the Access to Higher Education courses could change your life! The courses are specifically designed for adults wanting to get a degree or improve employment opportunities. With courses in Business, Computing, Health Professions, Humanities, Policing and Criminal Justice, and Social Science, whatever your interests there is a route for you.

Lecturers are highly experienced and extremely supportive, enabling you to manage your studies around your work and family commitments. This challenging and rewarding course will allow you to progress on to university or a University level course here at Boston College.
As well as the seven Level 3 Access Diplomas, our Pre-Access Level 2 courses are designed for those who want to build up their confidence and review their career options prior to enrolling on one of the main Access Diplomas.

Access to HE delivered in Boston are taught in our dedicated teaching block Boston College: University Centre or our Spalding campus

Our Access students have progressed to Degrees such as, midwifery, counselling, nursing, bio-medical science, law, accounting, archaeology, history, computing, zoology, hospitality management, social work, criminology, marketing, journalism, and paramedic science to name a few!

Successful completion of the course could lead to progression onto the College's university level courses. You could study a HNC/HND on your doorstep and at up to half the cost of university. Our HE courses are studied over two days a week, for 30 weeks.
You can contact Rachel Hunn, Programme Area Manager for Access to Higher Education by emailing,

Case studies

Vincent Kan

After completing my A-levels at my secondary school, I wasn’t happy with my grades… Read more...

Emma Cook

I decided to study the Access to Health Professions course at Boston College: Spalding because I’m hoping to become a Paramedic. Read more...

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Career Corner

  • Teacher
  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Social Worker
  • Paramedic
  • Psychologist
  • Solicitor
  • Counsellor
  • Scientist
  • Accountant
  • Economist
  • Physiotherapist