Chaffron Way Campus

Access to
Higher Education

Course Overview

Access to Higher Education at MK College

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are suitable for adults looking to study at university that do not hold traditional entry qualifications. These one year courses are available in a variety of subjects and enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to study at university level upon completion. We’ve also got strong links with local universities to support your progression onto undergraduate study.

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Virtual Open Day

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Access to HE Q&A Session

You can join a Live Q&A Session by clicking the buttons above. This will take you through to a Microsoft Teams meeting where you can join attendees in asking questions to the tutors. If you do not wish to have your camera or microphone on, that’s no problem! You will still be able to ask questions via the Microsoft Teams chat once you are in the session. If you are joining with a Smartphone or Tablet then please ensure you have Microsoft Teams downloaded. If you are having any issues joining the tutor sessions, then please let us know via the live chat function on this page.

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Undergraduate Courses Available

Discover how you can turn your passion into a career and develop in demand skills with an undergraduate qualification at MK College.

Come to one of our In Person Open Events

If you do not wish to join a Live Q&A session today, then please join us at our next in person Open Event where you can meet the tutors and tour the facilities.

Study Access to HE for FREE*

Did you know there is financial support available to study an Access to Higher Education Diploma? Find out more about the financial support available here.

You can even study your Access to Higher Education Diploma for free, if you progress on to higher education upon completion.

Got some questions about MK College?

We’ve answered some of the most common questions we’re asked at our Open Events. As you will be aware, we’re having to make some changes and adjustments to our usual plans to keep within social distancing guidelines. We aim to keep you as updated as possible, you can sign up here to keep up-to-date with our latest communications.

Access to Higher Education Courses

Computer Science – Access HE

As part of this course, you’ll study a variety of units, including:

  • Computer systems
  • Desktop support
  • Installing, configuring and maintaining systems
  • Managing software development
  • Software design and development
  • Networking
  • Cybersecurity business compliance
  • Cyber threats and legislation
  • Database development
  • Design and develop a website

Humanities & Social Sciences – Access HE

You’ll study a variety of topics as part of this course, including:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Literature from the Counter Culture
  • The Mass Media
  • Ethics
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Critical Thinking

Social Sciences – Access HE

This course covers a variety of topics in different modules, including:

  • Sociology: the history of welfare in the UK. How the British state functions and deals with issues, and poverty and safeguarding.
  • Health Studies: developing professional practice in healthcare; health promotion, and introduction to safeguarding.
  • Social & Developmental Psychology: how and why human beings change over the course of their life.
  • Criminology: what makes some people commit certain crimes
  • Psychopathology: the scientific study of mental disorders, including studying the social, genetic and biological causes.

Healthcare Professions – Access HE

This pathway includes a variety of units, including:

  • Health Studies: developing of professional practice in healthcare; health Promotion, and an introduction to safeguarding
  • Biology: human biology; basic anatomy and physiology
  • Further skills: communicating through speaking and listening; reading and writing skills. Application of numbers using calculation. Application of numbers using data interpretation.
  • Sociology: development of social welfare; poverty and housing; and social Policy

Business – Access HE

This pathway includes a variety of units, including:

  • Business Communication
  • Business Management Accounting
  • Consumer Protection Law and Business Implications
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Marketing Principles and Implications for Business
  • Setting up a New Small Business
  • The Nature and Context of Business
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Business Recruitment and Retention
  • Financial Planning in Business

Student Success Stories

“Studying Access to Humanities and Social Sciences has massively helped me to get one step closer to my overall goal of being a secondary school teacher. Access was a great experience for me to understand what life as a university student would be like. Studying was never too difficult for me as I had such an excellent support system in my teachers and my classmates. The main challenge for me was that English is not my first language so I would translate the work to help me have a better understanding, but with the help of my tutors I started to use different strategies and with their guidance and encouragement I overcame this challenge. My tutors were fundamental in helping me achieve good grades and get where I am today.”

Access to Humanities and Social Sciences

Student Success Stories

“I’m currently studying a Business HND at De Montfort University. I got accepted because of the Access to Business course at MK College due to the amazing guidance and support I received from the staff. I enjoyed this course a lot, it wasn’t stressful and everything was well planned out.”

Access to HE (Business) Alumni