Formerly City College Brighton and Hove

Access to Higher Education courses

A stepping stone to university level courses.

What is an Access course?

An Access course is a way of preparing you for studying at Higher Education level and an alternative to the traditional route into undergraduate study. Our focus at the MET is to encourage you to adopt the necessary academic skills to prepare you for the journey ahead. So, not only will you engage closely with your chosen subject, but you will also learn related methods of study to help you progress.

The aim of all of our Access courses is to inspire passion in your subject, and at the same time, build confidence and put you at ease with achieving university level standards. 

If you didn't get the grades you needed at college, or if you never considered university an option but have now decided you'd like to continue your education, an Access course is for you.

You’ll need to be 19 or over, motivated, enthusiastic, be able to manage your time effectively and be ready to study. You will be part of a group of adult students who are excited about learning and are willing to work hard with other members of the group and participate. 

All of your classes will be highly engaging and enable you to be involved and assessed by a range of methods including presentations, essays, reports, case studies, short answer tasks, and for some courses, practical work. 

All our Access courses are QAA approved and contain 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3.

Financial assistance

If you are aged 19 – 23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification you will not need to pay the course fee.

If this does not apply to you, the course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, a new government loan for learners aged 19+. Applicants who take out the Advanced Learner Loan need pay nothing upfront, and the loan is only repaid when you are earning £21,000 or more per year. If you go on to complete a Higher Education course following your Access to HE course, any remaining balance is written off. Read more about Advanced Leaner Loans here.

Financial assistance