Access to HE Art & Design

Diploma – Open Award
Study Area: 19+
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Part Time

Course Overview

The Access to HE Diploma: Art & Design provides an opportunity for anyone without the necessary qualifications to step up to Higher Education.

The aim of the Access to HE Diploma: Art & Design course is to produce fully rounded, enthusiastic, confident and creative students who can successfully engage with the complex boundaries of higher education in Art & Design. 

This one year course is aimed at mature students (19+) who want the chance to progress onto a degree level qualification, even if they may not have A Levels. 

All students are supported by a system of individual and group tutorials. Attendance is two days per week (over one year). As the course is at Level 3, commitment is essential. In addition to your work at College you will be required to undertake independent study and research.

Start Date

Start Dates: September 2024

12 hours per week

Monday & Tuesday

9:30am – 3:30pm

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Applicants with no formal qualifications will be considered following the outcome of a guidance interview and on their portfolio of work. Candidates will be required to show a portfolio of work, enthusiasm and a commitment to the course at an interview.

  • Applicants who are  aged 18 will be considered based on interview


You may progress on to a BA Honours Degree, Foundation Degree or HND, self-employment or  become a freelance artist or designer.

An ideal course would be the University Centre’s FD Art and Design, which leads to a full honours degree in Contemporary Art and Design Practice.

Assessment Methods

Each unit will be assessed by a portfolio of visual evidence, a personal sketchbook, a presentation, essay/reports, a file of evidence/research and written evaluations and presentations.

Course Fees

Tuition Fee: £3,928

Registration Fee: £200

An Advanced Learner Loan is available to cover the cost of the Tuition Fee on this course. The Registration Fee is a separate fee, which you may not need to pay depending on your circumstances. Advice will be given about this during enrolment.

When you complete a HE qualification the Advanced Learner Loan is written off and you will not need to repay it.

Please contact Advice & Guidance for more information on 01422 399367 or see the Finance and Funding page.

Awarding Body

This diploma is validated and approved by One Awards.

Access to HE Art & Design

Study Area: 19+
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Part Time
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