Adult Access Courses

Get to university in one year

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Adult access courses

Are you looking for a fast-track route to university? Our Access to Higher Education (HE) courses allow you to get to university in one year, while our Access Foundation programmes provide progression to relevant Access to HE courses. Choose an access course at Leeds City College and prepare for your dream job.

Level 3 Access to HE – Gaining a Level 3 qualification can fast-track you to university or other higher education course options.

Level 2 Access Foundation programmes – Studying for a Level 2 Access Foundation course can lead to Access HE courses and on to university level. If university isn’t the pathway you are looking for, a Level 2 can also provide you with the qualifications that are often required for many jobs and further study programmes.

Did you know?

We have government funded courses which means there’s potential 
for you to study something you’ve dreamed of for free.

If you are earning £23,400 or below, you can study most of our adult courses for free


If you are earning below £23,400, unemployed or have never studied a Level 3 course before 
(equivalent to A Levels), 
you can study one of our level 3 courses listed here for free.

Benefits of access courses

We offer flexible timetables, blended and online programmes, childcare support, academic advice and funding guidance for a range of course-related costs.

  • Gain entry to university without traditional qualifications.
  • Get to university in one year.
  • Achieve a recognised Level 3 qualification.
  • Complete your course and go on to complete a degree and you won’t have to repay your loan.
  • Study a course that meets industry needs.
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How to apply

Click on a course below to find out more information. Then when you’re ready, hit the ‘Apply Now’ button – this can be found at the top of every course page. After consenting to allow us to contact you, the form should already be filled in with your selected course. All that is left for you to do is to select your start date and enter your details. We will then be in contact with you regarding the next steps.

Take a look at our access courses

Read through our prospectus

Not sure what you want to study?

No problem – you can email us at or give us a call on 0113 386 1997 and a member of our team will get back to you.

Our open days and online webinars are also a great way to find out more about studying at Leeds City College and our courses; please see our events webpage for more information.

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