A fast track nine-month programme to get you into University

Apply now for Fircroft College’s Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) and we’ll be there to help you succeed. The course is aimed at adults who want to go to University but who don't currently have the right qualifications.

Here's 5 great reasons why you should study an Access course with us:

1. Pass rates are high (almost 15% above the national average) 

2. Excellent student support and smaller classroom sizes

3. You can choose to either stay at the college or just come in for the classes*

4. Excellent student progression to range of top Universities across the UK

5. Beautiful grounds, think Hogwarts with lovely gardens in Brum.

Want to come and experience it for yourself? Then why not sign up to our Access to University Taster day on 14th June.

Click here to register. 

Unable to attend our taster day?  Read more below for further information about the course or

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Course Dates

September 2018

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Course Times

Classes are Monday to Friday, 9.30am–5.00pm

Course Level 3
Course Length 9 Months Residential (Non-Residential Spaces Available)
Course Area Access to Higher Education
Course Fees View Fees Section

How long will the Access course take?

  • 9 months (30 weeks) – from the end of September to May
  • Classes are Monday to Friday, 9.30am–5.00pm

What can I study?

You will receive a good grounding in a range of academic subjects which will give you flexibility in making your university choices.  Topics include History, Literature, Sociology, Social Policy and Psychology.

What support will I get?

We offer excellent support and guidance and you will have a progress coach who will guide you throughout the course.

What will I achieve?

Successful learners leave with an Access to HE Diploma from the Open College Network West Midlands. This is accepted by a wide range of Universities.

Former students have gone on to study for degrees and professional qualifications including History, Social Policy, Politics, Literature, Journalism, Creative Writing, Youth Work, Counselling and Education.

Living and study?

Fircroft occupies a beautiful Edwardian former Cadbury family home set in six acres of gardens.  Accommodation and social activity spaces are of a very high standard and you will have 24hr access to IT facilities and use of the library.

How much does it cost?

You may be able to study for free depending on your age and previous qualifications. Fees and funding support is available for eligible applicants. Information on advanced learning loans available.

Entry requirements 

If you do not have a level 2 literacy and level 1 numeracy qualification from within the last 5 years we will ask you to take a Literacy and Numeracy assessment. If you show that you are able to reach the skills level in these areas, you will then be invited to attend an interview.

Many learners find it helpful to undertake short courses in preparation for the Access Diploma. We recommend that applicants for the Access to Higher Education Diploma undertake at least some of the Skills for Further Study programme if possible. The programme specifically aims to develop the range of skills you’ll be expected to use on the Access course.

Find out what our Access to HE students think of Fircroft College here

*Limited non residential places available