Access to Higher Education


Are you keen to study for a degree, but feel apprehensive? Perhaps you’ve been out of education for a while, been busy raising a family, working or travelling. Maybe you left school early and decided – at the time – that education wasn’t for you?

Our Access Course offers you the opportunity to get back into education – regardless of your circumstances. Getting back into a learning environment can seem like a daunting prospect, but our professional and friendly staff will help you settle right in.

We offer four specialist pathways on our land based Access to HE Diploma. You can choose to study one pathway from the following options:

  • Animal Science and Welfare
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Equine Studies
  • Sustainability

This qualification is recognised by UK universities, enabling you to go on and study a relevant degree.

Why study at Moulton?

Moulton is set in a picturesque village nestling in rolling Northamptonshire countryside that feels a world away from the hustle and bustle, yet it is 10 minutes away from the city.

We have fantastic modern facilities including dedicated HE teaching blocks where you will be taught alongside our degree students: Get a true HE experience.

You’ll have access to our animal unit, farm and equestrian facility.

You could make use of:

  • Dedicated learning resources in our Higher Education Centre
  • A purpose built Animal Welfare Centre
  • Over 660 hectares of land with the opportunity to get involved in research, lambing, horses and more
  • Demonstration beef unit
  • Equine hydrotherapy pool and water treadmill
  • Lecturers who are sector specialists, with extensive work experience in the industry

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.

For more information or to apply, please click here


Did you know that you can get a government advanced learner loan to pay for your course? To find out more about your eligibility, click here

Summary and Entry Requirements

Course Includes:

Classroom teaching and assessment as well as practical work and projects to prepare you for the world of Higher Education.

Our land based access course allows you to specialise by taking a number of optional units (subject to overall numbers).

Pathways include:

  • Animal Science and Welfare
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Equine Studies
  • Sustainability

Further Information

How Will I Be Assesed?

We use a full range of assessment including:

  • Written assignments
  • In class tests
  • Practical work
  • Presentations and in house exams.

Awarding Body

Find out more about the awarding body CAVA

What Will You Learn?

To complete you will need to study all mandatory units plus two optional units (Optional units will be run subject to numbers). Please see the below table:

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 (Any Two)

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

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