People who want to study for degrees in business, computing, education or engineering but lack the exam results needed to go to university can boost their qualifications with new access courses on offer at City of Wolverhampton College.

The college is running one-year Access to Higher Education diplomas – which bridge the gap between existing qualifications and what is needed to progress to university – in the new subjects from September.

The diploma is widely recognised by universities and enables students to develop knowledge in their specific subject as well as gaining the practical skills needed to study at degree level, such as researching, planning and writing assignments, using and evaluating sources, critical thinking and analysis.

The part-time qualification requires students to attend college for 15 hours per week, usually over three days, and is available to UK residents aged 19 or over.

Students can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of their course which they will not have to start repaying until they are earning over £21,000 per year.  Alternatively, if they progress to a full degree, the outstanding loan amount for the access course will be written off on completion of their university qualification.

The college also offers Access to Higher Education diplomas in humanities, nursing and health professions, science, social sciences, and social work, as well as a Progress to Higher Education (art foundation) in art and design – for more details click here.

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