Access to HE (Level 3)

Access to Higher Education (Art & Design) Level 3 Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£5,040 * Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£5,040 * Southend Campus


This course is for people that would like to study on a Higher Education programme in a wide variety of art and design degree programmes e.g. the Fine Art BA (Hons) but need to gain the required entry qualifications and skills.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or above by the 31st of August 2022.

You must have at least one GCSE C/4 or above in either English Language or Maths, or a Level 2 in Functional Skills (evidence of this will be required during the application cycle).

Ideally you will have both. However, if you only hold the one, you may work towards the one that you do not have whilst studying for your Access Diploma; this will be dependent on being accepted onto a Level 2 course, either GCSE or Functional Skills.

Many universities require GCSE Maths and English rather than an equivalent. It is your responsibility to begin checking which qualifications you require with the university or college you wish to progress to.

Course Structure

You will study a range of different units across the programme, some focusing on your academic skills and some more subject specific, such as:

  • Presentation skills
  • Introduction to Drawing & Painting
  • Colour Theory
  • Prep for HE
  • Creative Study Skills
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Figure Studies
  • Printmaking
  • Mixed Media
  • 2D Visual Studies
  • The Design Process
  • Academic Study Skills
  • Modern & Contemporary
  • Exhibition & Visits
  • Visual Research (Final Major Project)


Assessment & Feedback

Assessment is through a range of assessment techniques which may include assignments, exhibitions and projects.

By completing this course you will achieve:

  • A portfolio of varied art and design work
  • Confidence in own ability to produce creative outcomes in relation to set projects
  • A qualification which will demonstrate your ability to achieve at higher levels

Course Cost

Advanced learner loan may be available

Adult, full_time: £5,040

Course fee based on 2023-24 for UK residents, but the fees are expected to rise for 2024-25.  

Non-Uk citizens will need to provide sufficient document/s confirming your right to live and study in the UK e.g. confirmation of settled status.

What Next...

On successful completion of the course, and on acceptance at interview, you will be able to progress to higher education programmes at universities across the country; including our own wide range of honours degrees validated by University of the Arts London and delivered at University Centre Southend & Thurrock.