Access Course

Access to Higher Education Diploma: Art and Design

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Buxton & Leek College (Leek Campus)

Course description

If you successfully complete this course, you'll gain a nationally recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma. The course consists of Study Skills and two or three main subjects. The Diploma you choose will depend on which degree you plan to go on to. Our courses are run by the University of Derby.

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be over 19 years of age. Ideally you will have achieved Mathematics and English Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSEs at grade C (new grading 4). However, students will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact the Access team for further details. You’ll also need to demonstrate a commitment and ability to study, and take a literacy/numeracy assessment.

Fees and funding


There are two types of financial support you may require for this course.

Tuition fees

The cost of the course will be between £3,000 and £4,000 depending on the Diploma.

If you are aged over 18 years of age on the first day of the academic year, whether you will have to pay for the cost of your course or not depends on criteria such as age, eligibility for discounts, and whether you live in the UK, European Union (EU) or overseas.

When you have enrolled, our Fees Team will check if you and your course are eligible for any fee remission or discounts (not to be mistaken with the Further Education Bursary Funds), or whether you will need to personally finance the course.

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Bursary funding

A means tested Bursary may be available to learners on this course to help with Transport costs, Childcare, Equipment, Kit, Uniform, Books, Professional memberships etc.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

Our intake for this programme is in September each year, and the application process for these courses opens in January.

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Additional information about your studies

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.