About the Course

The Access to Higher Education Diploma course has completely transformed the lives of thousands of adults. If you do not have a full Level 3 qualification, here is an opportunity to return to study and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The qualification is a full-time course equivalent of two to three A Levels and takes one year to complete.


This diploma is suitable for you if you are pursuing a career in the areas below (after graduating from a relevant higher education course):

  • Energy Management
  • Ecology and Nature Conservation
  • Environmental Consultancy
  • Environmental Education
  • Sustainability
  • Pollution Control
  • Recycling
  • Water/Air Quality Professionals

Your Course

How will I be taught?

Statistical and Mathematical Methods: You will be using the statistical and mathematical methods in your practical investigation/project work.

Practical Skills: You will plan and conduct your own practical investigation to show the understanding of the subject along with application skills. You will be using different types of research methods during planning and carrying out your research. It will give you experiences in independent study/research. This will help you to enhance your research and presentation skills for the future roles.

Study Skills: This part of the course focuses on developing the practical skills you will use on a higher education course; including essay writing, referencing and effective note-taking.

Tutorial: You will receive all the help you need with university applications and study support in a weekly tutorial, which also gives you the chance to talk to your tutor about your academic progress and plans for university.

What modules are covered?

Environmental Studies: In this course you will study wide range of issues threating environmental change which is definitely the need of the hour. To begin with you will understand the key concepts of environment, ecology and sustainability. Further it will focus on impact of human interventions on environmental and ecological balance along with possible solutions by covering conservational techniques. By the end of this course you will able to understand how to construct conservational techniques that can support sustainability.

Geography: Through reading and discussion, you will learn and understand different concepts of geography crucial to environmental studies. These include biotic resources, biogeochemical cycles, types of energy resources and their effects on sustainability.

Geology: This course covers understanding of earth structure along with the study of rocks; their types, formation, erosional processes and dating. This will help you to understand the links between the earth’s processes and environmental hazards.

Your Future

What Next?

The aim of the course is to provide you with a route into higher education at university or college. Hundreds of former students have gone on to higher education courses at both our own University Centre Farnborough and elsewhere, showing that the course is successfully preparing students for the next stage in their education.

Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

This course is designed for mature students, aged 19 or over, who have had sufficient life or work experience between leaving school and starting the diploma. 

To make sure this is the right course for you, acceptance onto the diploma is based on aptitude and commitment following an interview and assessment.

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

You will need an English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. 

It is also strongly advised that you contact the university or teaching institution, you wish to attend after completion of this course and check what their exact GCSE requirements are for your chosen degree. Every university admission policy is different so its worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs. 

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Course Enquiry

Please contact us through the form below. After submitting a form we will contact you as soon as possible. We will delete your information one month after the beginning of the next academic year.

We focus on giving you the skills and knowledge to kick-start your career, which is why many of our courses are more hands-on than you might expect.
Our class sizes are similar to college, which means you won’t get lost in the crowd or feel like just a number with us.
Our small campus is full of plants, natural light, and new facilities that will help you feel good while studying. Plus, you’ll have exclusive access to University Centre study spaces in the College.
Studying a degree at a small institution means your lecturers will know all your strengths and weaknesses, and give you valuable feedback and support to help you go further.
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UK Quality Assured
University of Surrey
Ofsted Outstanding Provider
University Centre Farnborough
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