Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education

Access courses are designed specifically for people who may not have the conventional educational requirements to enter onto a higher education course.

An Access course enables you to acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence to compete on an equal footing with students starting degree programmes through the conventional entry channels of A levels.

Access to HE Courses

Access courses aim to give mature students the opportunity to prepare for an undergraduate degree course at CU Coventry, Coventry University or another institution of your choice, subject to meeting specific entrance criteria. Courses we offer are:

Entry requirements

Access courses are designed for students who have not had the opportunity to access higher education, so formal qualifications are not mandatory.

As part of the application process, an interview and a literacy and numeracy assessment will be required so that our tutors are satisfied that you can benefit from the course and be able to cope with the future requirements of studying in higher education.


If you're aged 19 or above you can apply for funding for this course through Student Finance England via the Advanced Learner Loan (formally the 24+ Advanced Learners Loan). If you're undertaking an Access to HE Diploma and then continue to complete a higher education qualification, the outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.

Applications from 18 year olds are welcome but we are unable to provide any funding for the course and you would need to self-fund.

Progression routes

Successfully completing an access course will guarantee progression onto a relevant degree course at CU Coventry, subject to meeting specific entrance criteria.

The progression routes we offer are:

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