We can't wait to welcome you to Andover College in September! 

We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying on the Access to Higher Education Diploma at Andover College is like. Scroll down to learn more about the different pathways available and engage with the various activities to get you started! 

We will be regularly posting content onto this page to help prepare you for starting college in September - make sure to send us any work you complete to andoverapplicantwelcome@sparsholt.ac.uk with 'Access to HE' as the subject heading! 

Check out all the extra help and support we can provide through our experienced Careers and Health & Wellbeing teams. 

About the Course!

This one year, full-time, course prepares adult learners (19+) who want to study at degree level but do not currently have the qualifications to apply. They are specifically designed, Level 3 courses, aimed at providing you the foundation skills and knowledge you will need to go on and study at degree level.


The diploma provides an intensive programme covering study skills and knowledge required for chosen career paths, and delivers a qualification recognised by universities. You will be assessed through a combination of examination and coursework throughout the year. 


Successful students have gone on to study social work, dental hygiene, primary school teaching, paramedical science, midwifery and mental health nursing. The course can also open doors to areas of study such as veterinary medicine, history, criminology and law. There are 5 pathway options available to study as detailed below; 

  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Combined Science
  • Humanities
  • Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions with Nikki:

You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan here. 

Access to HE: Social Science Stream

Access to HE: Social Science Stream: Psychology

Take a look at the documents below which provide information and activities regarding the Psychology aspects of the Access to HE Social Science pathway. 

Access to HE: Social Work Stream

Access to HE: Sociology Units: Social Work and Social Science pathway

Take a look at the document below including various activities to get you started. This content is applicable for applicants for the Social Work and Social Science pathway. 

Access to HE: Combined Science Stream

Access to HE: Humanities Stream

Access to HE: Nursing Stream

Access to HE: Medicine/Nursing Pathway

Take a look at the document below introducing you to the Biology units you will study as part of the Medicine and Nursing pathway at Andover College. 

Student wellbeing and support 

At Andover College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible. 

We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including; 

  • Counselling 
  • Carer support 
  • Childcare support 
  • Confidential one-to-one services 

We have also recently introduced two new members to the wellbeing team ... Arlo and Romeo the Therapy Dogs!

Arlo and Romeo are part of the continued effort from Andover College to consistently improve on and add to provisions for students. They are based on campus with their owners throughout term.

Research has shown that students are significantly less stressed and anxious, and even have increased happiness and energy, immediately following spending time in a drop-in session with a dog present. What good boys!

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Not already applied?

Got this link but not yet applied? – Click below so you can join us in September!

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Our Courses: 

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Level 3) 1 Year Course

Streams available: 

  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Combined Science
  • Humanities
  • Nursing

Student Testimonials

Watch Sarah and Kim's videos below as they answer a couple of FAQs about the course and explain their decision to take the Nursing and Social Work pathway. Sarah is currently studying and completing her practice to become a Mental Health Nurse and Kim will be qualifying as a Social Worker shortly. 

Access to HE: past Nursing student Sarah

Former Access to HE: Social Work student Kim

Careers Guidance 

Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college. 

Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Andover College! 

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We also have our Sun Progression Mentor Anna! 

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Anna works alongside the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to help students recognise the routes of progression available to them, and to continue their journey in education! 

We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna! 

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Social Media 

We love to post about all our students on our platforms including their achievements, trips and excellent work - take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube! 

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