This nationally recognised qualification is a well established route for gaining access to higher level study such as Degrees and Foundation Degrees, especially if you have little recent experience of education. The course is specifically designed for adults, of all ages, who want to return to learning.

This is a nationally recognised qualification which is designed to prepare you for moving on to higher education. The varied programme suits students with appropriate life experience who may or may not have formal qualifications. It will enable you to study a number of subjects to a level which allows a smooth transition to degree or other higher level course.

Length of study

You will study this course over one year attending college three days each week.

Course content

This diploma is made up of a combination of study skills units and subject specialisms such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology and Sociology.


You are assessed rigorously throughout the course. You will be required to present a portfolio that will include evidence such as essays, presentations, reports, tests, exam answers, self and peer assessments.

For each module of study successfully completed you will be awarded three credits. To achieve the Diploma you require 60 credits (20 units). The awarding body for the diploma is ASCENTIS.


Programme Manager:

Lorna Britton BSc, PGCE

Tuition fee

  • Free if eligible
  • Full fee £3,384

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are aged 19 and above you may be eligible to receive an Advanced Learner Loan to support the full fee; the maximum loan amount is the full fee. See the Finances section for more information.

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