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Access granted: Yulanda is now studying for a BSc at Glasgow Caledonian University

Access to Higher Education

Change your career with an Access course 

An Access course allows you to aim for a graduate-entry career, because it means you can apply for a degree course at university after one year.  

Access to Higher Education courses are tailor-made for mature students age 19+ who are planning to study for a degree but who do not have the A Levels required for entry. 

The Access course is an intensive programme of study, and you should have already experienced study at GCSE level. If you haven't taken GCSEs, then you may wish to explore the Diploma in Preparating for Further Study options. 

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National award-winning Access to Law - for aspiring Solicitors and Barristers

In November 2015, our Access to Law programme won a major national award - an Association of Colleges' Beacon Award - for our work in setting up a Legal Clinic to give Access to Law students real experience to help develop their skills. 

Subjects linked to your degree plans

You can choose to study one of a number of Access subjects at Barking & Dagenham College, depending upon your plans for your degree subject. 

Popular choice

Our Access to Higher Education courses are popular and we would encourage you to apply as soon as you can. 

Join your Access course for FREE with an Advanced Learner Loan - here's how

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An Advanced Learner Loan (ALL) can help you meet the cost of tution fees. And when you get your degree, Student Finance England will 'write off' your Loan. So, your Access course is FREE. Click to find out more. 

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Latest News

  • Next stop university for Sarah after GCSE and Access success
    Next stop university for Sarah after GCSE and Access success

    Sarah Greenspan, 27, from Chadwell Heath is celebrating today, GCSE results day 2016, after passing her GCSE Maths. Sarah has also secured her Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work at the College and with both qualifications under her belt is now heading for a BA (Hons) Degree in Social Work at Goldsmiths, University of London.

  • College wins national award for lighting the way to law professions
    College wins national award for lighting the way to law professions

    A programme to give more students access to law courses has won Barking & Dagenham College a national award. The College received its award - an Association of Colleges' Beacon Award - sponsored by Gateway Qualifications, for ‘Widening participation in Learning’.

  • Barking & Dagenham College student receives national recognition at Access to Science awards ceremony
    Barking & Dagenham College student receives national recognition at Access to Science awards ceremony

    A Romford student recently received national recognition from the Royal Society of Chemistry, at an awards ceremony in London.

    Yulanda Forte, 34, who completed an Access to Science course at Barking & Dagenham College in July 2015, is among 25 of the UK’s top-performing students on a dual scheme that grants the Access to Higher Education Science Diploma along with the Registered Scientist Technician Award (RSciTech).

  • Legal eagle, Jane, wins prestigious award
    Legal eagle, Jane, wins prestigious award

    A Barking & Dagenham College student has received the Outstanding Commitment to Study Award at the annual Keith Fletcher Awards ceremony. Jane Lacey, 42, from Romford received her prize from Nic Dakin MP, at a prestigious reception held at the Palace of Westminster this week (5th March). Over 25,000 other nominated students were vying for the top award, so Jane’s win is a great achievement.

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