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Access to Higher Education: Land-based Studies

Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3

Study mode Full time
Location Moulton
Level Level 3
Start date Sep 2023
Duration 1 year

Access to Higher Education courses are ideal if you are an adult looking to study at degree level but don't have the necessary qualifications or UCAS points to gain a place at university.

The courses will cover key themes within your chosen pathway but you will also learn how to conduct research, write essays and other key essential study skills that will enable you to excel once you move onto a degree level course.

Our land-based access course includes the following pathway options (subject to student numbers): Animal Science & Welfare, Ecology & Conservation, Equine Studies, Sustainability, and Agriculture.

The Access to Higher Education course consists of nine compulsory or mandatory units that all students will complete and then a number of optional units that enable you to specialise in your chosen pathway. These optional units are run subject to there being sufficient demand.

Mandatory Units

  • Study Skills For Higher Education
  • Introduction to Business
  • Land-based Skills
  • Introduction to Science
  • Science of Life
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioscience
  • Business Unit 2 – Organisation, People and Product
  • Land-based Industry Research Project

Optional Units (Select two from the following)

Animal Science and Welfare

  • Animal Science and Welfare
  • Animal Management and Behaviour

Ecology and Conservation

  • Practical Countryside Management
  • Habitat and Species Identification

Equine Studies

  • Equine Science and Welfare
  • Equine Management and Behaviour


  • Environmental Processes
  • Environmental Survey


  • Crop Production and technology
  • Livestock Production and technology

The tuition fees for this course are £5,197.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company to help you pay the tuition fees for this course.

If you complete your Access to Higher Education course and then use this to progress onto and complete a degree, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on your Advanced Learner Loan and you will not have to repay your tuition fees.

This is a full time course taking place on three days per week from 9.00am - 4:30pm. Most of the Access to Higher Education lectures are two hours with one hour workshops.

This course is taught through college based theory and practical lessons but you will also be completing work on your own, preparing you for independent learning at degree level.

We use a full range of assessments including written work, practical assessment, presentations and internal exams.

This Diploma is a great way to achieve a nationally recognised qualification - accepted at all UK universities, and provides the perfect stepping stone to prepare you for your degree.

You can also apply to study one of our higher education courses at Moulton College in Animal Studies, Zoology or Equine Performance & Therapies.

There are no formal entry qualifications for this course however we do prefer you to have GCSE English or maths. Please contact us to discuss further if you do not have these qualifications.

What are the facilities will I be using?

You will be taught in our dedicated Higher Education Centre by expert staff and using excellent facilities like a purpose built Animal Welfare Centre, over 660 hectares of land with the opportunity to get involved in research, lambing, horses and more. We have a beef unit, an equine hydrotherapy pool and water treadmill.

Who accepts this qualification?

This Diploma is a great way to achieve a nationally recognised qualification - accepted at all UK universities, and provides the perfect stepping stone to prepare you for your degree.

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