Access to HE (Level 3)

Access to Higher Education (Environmental Studies) Level 3 Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
£3300 * Thurrock Campus
Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
£3300 * Thurrock Campus


This course is ideal for students wishing to progress to university for a environmental based degree, including environmental studies, sciences or sustainability.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or above by the 31st of August 2020.

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.

It is also important to note that for some degree programmes you will also need GCSE Science at grade C or above.

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:

  • Ecology and Environment
  • Conservation
  • Climate Change
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Environment and Human Impact

Assessment & Feedback

You will be assessed through assignments, presentations and internally set examinations.


Thurrock - 13 hours directed study per week in addition to a minimum of 13 hours independent study.

The course runs 3 days a week, on a Monday, Thursday and Friday between the hours of 9am and 4pm.

Please note that course days are subject to change if required before the enrolment date.

Course Cost

Advanced learner loan may be available

Adult, full time: £3300

Course fee based on 2019-20 for UK/EU students. Please note the cost stated is for 2019/20 and may increase for 2020/21.