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"Our tailored Access to Higher Education Diplomas are ideal if you want to start a university course but have no formal qualifications."


Get into University without Traditional Qualifications

If you want to study at University but didn’t gain the qualifications that you need at school, we can help you. At Central College for Education, we specialise in the Access to Higher Education Diploma, which is expressly designed to prepare people without traditional qualifications, for study at university.

Every year, over 40,000 learners in the UK register on an Access to Higher Education Diploma, many of which go on to succeed at university. Let us help you to join them.

Facts and figures

  • 42,755 students were registered on an Access to HE Diploma in 2014/2015
  • 62% of Access to HE students were awarded a 1st or upper 2nd class degree
  • 88% of Access to HE students are over 21 years old
  • 91% of Access to HE students were in employment or further study after 6 months
  • 75% of Access to HE students are accepted by colleges and universities
  • 93% of students that completed the course were awarded the Access to HE Diploma

We carried out significant research when designing of our Access to Higher Education Diplomas. We can proudly offer these diplomas in a wide range of subject areas through innovative, industry leading software, online.

We understand that you may have other commitments so our distance learning study is designed to work around your life. This allows you to fit your coursework around your job and family, whenever is most convenient for you.

Is CCfE right for you?

Central College for Education is perfect for you if:

  • You have been out of education for a long time
  • You want to go to university but do not have the traditional qualifications needed
  • You want to increase your job prospects by gaining new skills 
  • You want a flexible way to study
  • You want to change career path

Students at CCfE have access to PEARL, our online virtual learning environment, giving you instant access to your course as soon as you enrol. You’ll have access to a personal tutor who will provide support to you for the duration of your course and will have the opportunity to interact with an online community of other students.

At CCfE, all our courses are fully accredited by recognised awarding bodies that are regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the official regulator for Access to Higher Education.  Open College Network West Midlands are our awarding body who provide Certification for our courses.

Our courses are accepted by many Higher Education Institutions including universities, teacher training colleges and nurse training schools. Transform your career opportunities and increase your chances for promotion by achieving an Access to Higher Education Diploma with us before completing your University degree.  

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Subject strengths

Central College for Education currently offers the following Access to Higher Education Diplomas:


  • Teaching English pathway
  • General pathway
  • Teaching Science pathway
  • Early Years pathway
  • Teaching and Learning pathway


  • General pathway
  • Midwifery pathway
  • Nursing pathway

Medicine and Healthcare Professions

  • General pathway


  • Biological Science pathway
  • Health and Medical Science pathway
  • Natural Science pathway

Social Science

  • Psychology with Criminology pathway
  • Psychology and Sociology pathway

Social science and Health

  • Health Studies pathway
  • Biology pathway

Social Sciences and Humanities

  • General pathway

Social Work

  • General pathway

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Student life

For those returning to education after a long period away, re-enrolling can be a daunting experience. At Central College for Education we take away the stress of going back into education and ensure that learners receive a fully supported, student experience during their time studying with us.

At the start of your course you are assigned a personal tutor who will provide help and support to you throughout the duration of your studies. This tutor will receive and mark your assignments and provide you with valuable feedback and ways that you can improve your work.

As well as your personal tutor, PEARL allows you access to student forums where you can communicate with other students that are currently studying the same course as you. Help and be helped by interacting with others, sharing problems and answering queries.

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Our Method of Study

At Central College for Education, we are passionate about offering our students the most convenient, flexible, online distance learning courses available.

There are no start dates and no deadlines for CCfE, and our online courses are ready for you to access whenever is most convenient for you, allowing you to work your studies around your commitments.

Your chosen diploma is made up of a number of individual units with each one requiring you to complete and pass an assignment in order to move onto the next.

PEARL, our online, bespoke, learning environment provides you with everything that you will need to complete your course, including access to all the course content, as soon as you enrol.

Within our interactive learning environment, you’ll have access to a host of useful online features for the duration of your course. Incentives keep you motivated whilst ‘assessment planners’ help you to complete your assignments on time and to a high standard. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will mark your assignments and provide you with feedback and results via email, tutors can also be contacted online for help and support throughout your studies. Interact with other students via the community forums and help and be helped by those studying the same course.

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As our lives get busier, home study is becoming increasingly popular amongst those wanting to further their education without sacrificing their commitments.

Whether you are studying to improve your career opportunities, or simply enjoy learning, the courses delivered by Central College for Education are ready and available, whenever and wherever you are, as long as you have access to the internet.

Our flexible approach to study has no start date and no time limit, allowing you to fit your course around your life. Your online course content is available for you to access 24 hours a day meaning that you can study around your work and family commitments, at a time that is most convenient for you.

Although all our Access to Higher Education Diplomas are online, you will be assigned a personal tutor at the start of your course who will support you through the entirety. And, with access to student forums via PEARL, you will receive the same peer support as you would do in a traditional classroom.

If you want to improve your career prospects or gain promotion in your current workplace through broadening your skills and knowledge, Central College for Education can help with our range of online, flexible Access to higher Education Diplomas.

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Contact details

Central College for Education
Building A06
Magna 34 Business Park
Temple Road
South Yorkshire
United Kingdom
S60 1FG

Tel: 01142 993 441
International Tel: +44 (0) 1142 993 441