Adult access courses

Are you looking for a fast-track route to university? Our Access to Higher Education (HE) courses allow you to get to university in one year, while our Access Foundation programmes provide progression to relevant Access to HE courses. Choose an access course at Leeds City College and prepare for your dream job.

Level 3 Access to HE – Gaining a Level 3 qualification can fast-track you to university or other higher education course options.

Level 2 Access Foundation programmes – Studying for a Level 2 Access Foundation course can lead to Access HE courses and on to university level. If university isn’t the pathway you are looking for, a Level 2 can also provide you with the qualifications that are often required for many jobs and further study programmes.

Did you know?

We have government funded courses which means there’s potential for you to study something you’ve dreamed of for free.

If you are earning £19,305 or below, you can study most of our adult courses for free
Or
If you are earning below £18,525, unemployed or have never studied a Level 3 course before (equivalent to A Levels), you can study one of our level 3 courses listed here for free.

Benefits of access courses

We offer flexible timetables, blended and online programmes, childcare support, academic advice and funding guidance for a range of course-related costs.

  • Gain entry to university without traditional qualifications.
  • Get to university in one year.
  • Achieve a recognised Level 3 qualification.
  • Complete your course and go on to complete a degree and you won’t have to repay your loan.
  • Study a course that meets industry needs.
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How to apply

Click on a course below to find out more information. Then when you’re ready, hit the ‘Apply Now’ button – this can be found at the top of every course page.

After consenting to allow us to contact you, the form should already be filled in with your selected course. All that is left for you to do is to select your start date and enter your details.

We will then be in contact with you regarding the next steps.

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Funding

You may qualify for funding to help you pay for all, or part of, your course. Fees may be waived due to personal circumstances and/or if you receive certain benefits. Please note that you will need to provide evidence to prove your benefit payments. Student funding support and instalment payments are also available for those who are eligible. For more information get in touch with us.

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Take a look at our access courses

Creative, performance and design
Course TitleStart DateLocationsStudy Type
Access to HE Art and Design
18/09/2023
Quarry Hill Campus
Full time
Access to HE Graphic Design and Illustration
17/09/2023
Quarry Hill Campus
Full time
Access to HE in Computer Game Design and Development (19+)
18/09/2023
Quarry Hill Campus
Full time
Access to HE in Creative Industries
18/09/2023
Quarry Hill Campus
Full time
Access to HE photography | Level 3
18/09/2023
Quarry Hill Campus
Full time
Unsure what course to choose?
Digital
Course TitleStart DateLocationsStudy Type
L3 Access to Higher Education in Computer Science
18/09/2023
Printworks Campus
Full time
Unsure what course to choose?
Education and childcare
Course TitleStart DateLocationsStudy Type
One Award Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma: Educational Studies
18/09/2023
Quarry Hill Annexe
Full time
Unsure what course to choose?
Engineering, automotive and manufacturing
Course TitleStart DateLocationsStudy Type
Certa Access to HE Engineering
25/09/2023
Printworks Campus
Full time
Unsure what course to choose?
Health and social care
Course TitleStart DateLocationsStudy Type
Access to Health Science Professions Access Foundation Diploma | Level 2
18/09/2023
Quarry Hill Annexe
Full time
One Award Access to HE Diploma: Psychology (QHA)
18/09/2023
Quarry Hill Annexe
Full time
One Award Level 3 Access to HE Diploma (Social Work) (QHA)
18/09/2023
Quarry Hill Annexe
Full time
One Award Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Science
18/09/2023
Quarry Hill Annexe
Full time
One Award Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Sciences
18/09/2023
Quarry Hill Annexe
Full time
Unsure what course to choose?
Law and Policing
Course TitleStart DateLocationsStudy Type
Access to HE Diploma: Policing
25/09/2023
University Centre Leeds
Full time
Access to Law Access to HE Diploma | Level 3
25/09/2023
University Centre Leeds
Full time
Unsure what course to choose?
Preparing for progression
Course TitleStart DateLocationsStudy Type
Access Foundation GCSE Programme
18/09/2023
Park Lane Campus - B Block
Full time
Unsure what course to choose?
Science
Course TitleStart DateLocationsStudy Type
Access to Medicine
18/09/2023
Park Lane Campus - B Block
Full time
Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills: Engineering
18/09/2023
Park Lane Campus - A Block
Full time
Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills: Science
18/09/2023
Park Lane Campus - A Block
Full time
Level 3 Access to HE Diploma: Engineering
18/09/2023
Park Lane Campus - A Block
Full time
Level 3 Access to HE Diploma: Science
18/09/2023
Park Lane Campus - A Block
Full time
One Award Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Science
18/09/2023
Quarry Hill Annexe
Full time
Unsure what course to choose?
Sport and fitness
Course TitleStart DateLocationsStudy Type
Access to Sport and Physical Activity Access to HE Diploma | Level 3
18/09/2023
Park Lane Campus - A Block
Full time
Unsure what course to choose?

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Not sure what you want to study?

No problem – you can email us at Contact@leedscitycollege.ac.uk or give us a call on 0113 386 1997 and a member of our team will get back to you.

Our open days and online webinars are also a great way to find out more about studying at Leeds City College and our courses; please see our events webpage for more information.

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Did You Know?
Did you know we have 541,720,573 resources at Leeds City College?

Did you know we have 541,720,573 resources at Leeds City College?

The resources include books, journals, e-books, videos, encyclopedias and more. These resources are the combined total number of resources at Joseph Priestley Centre, Beeston, Rothwell Centre, The Annexe, Printworks Campus and Park Lane Campus. We also have 12,277 e-books across Leeds City College libraries and more than 500,000 videos!

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