First Steps to Higher Education

Take your first step towards your future today with Access to Higher Education courses in Business, Health Science, Social Science, Counselling, Mental Health and more.

These courses are ideal for those looking to advance their career within their chosen sector.

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  • Access to Higher Education - Business and Law
    First Steps to Higher Education

    The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification that prepares 19+ students who are returning to education or who left school without the qualifications needed to progress to university.

    The Access to HE Diploma (business and law) is ideal for those who want to progress onto a degree or other higher education programme in a wide range of business related subjects and law.

    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Nelson and Colne College
      MON - 01/09/2021
      09:30 to 16:00
      42 week course
      12 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Access to Higher Education - Health and Science
    First Steps to Higher Education

    The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification that prepares 19+ students who are returning to education or who left school without the qualifications needed to progress to university.

    The Access to HE Diploma (Health and Science) consists of 60 credits of which 30 credits are in Biology. This allows you to progress on to health related as well as various science related degrees.

    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      MON - 01/09/2021
      09:30 to 16:30
      42 week course
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Access to Higher Education - Social Science
    First Steps to Higher Education

    The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification that prepares 19+ students who are returning to education or who left school without the qualifications needed to progress to university.

    The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) is ideal for those who want to progress on to a degree or other higher education programme in a wide variety of subject areas.

    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      MON - 01/09/2021
      09:30 to 16:30
      42 week course
      18 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Counselling Skills
    First Steps to Higher Education

    This diploma aims to provide learners with in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work and the approaches that underpin the use of these skills.

    This qualification does not qualify learners to practise as a counsellor.

    Learners on this course come with three different main aims.
    • To progress onto a first degree or other higher education course within the field (i.e. you want a career in counselling and need a degree)
    • To prepare for a post graduate qualification within the field (ie. you already have a (unrelated) degree but want to progress onto a MA in the field)
    • To increase skills and knowledge that will enhance your current role (i.e. professional development) and/or increase job opportunities.

    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      MON - 01/09/2021
      09:00 to 12:00
      42 week course
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Counselling Skills
    First Steps to Higher Education
    The Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills is an intensive course requiring hard work and dedication.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      MON - 01/09/2021
      09:00 to 12:00
      42 week course
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Understanding Mental Health
    First Steps to Higher Education
    This course is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental wellbeing
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington and Rossendale College
      FRI - 01/09/2021
      09:30 to 13:30
      42 week course
      18 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
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