Access to HE

Access to HE

Access courses are designed for people who may not have the conventional educational requirements to enter on to a higher education course. The course will enable you to acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence to compete on an equal footing with students starting degree programmes through conventional entry channels like A levels and BTECs.

Successfully completing an Access to HE course at CU Scarborough will guarantee you progression onto a relevant degree course at CU Scarborough.

If you undertake an Access to HE course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. If you are eligible and awarded an Advanced Learner Loan, and successfully complete an eligible Higher Education course, the outstanding balance from your Access course could be written off. For full information and to check your eligibility visit the Student finance for undergraduates web page.

Access courses


Learning mode

Our Access programmes are year-long daytime (Mon-Thurs, 9.30am-2pm) courses that aim to give mature students the opportunity to prepare for an undergraduate Honours Degree.

Entry points

Please check the course pages to see what intakes are available. If you would like advice and guidance with your application, please contact or call the CU Scarborough helpdesk on 01723 336700.


If you are looking to get back into education, but need extra support bridging the gap, the Connect course can be a useful way for you to explore the idea of university and boost your confidence. 

This free course will provide information on how to progress to university and the skills needed to succeed. Each session will take place in Scarborough for two hours each week, for five weeks.

Find out more about our free Connect course.

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