Level 3 Access to HE Art and Design


The Access to Higher Education Diploma Art and Design is designed for adults age 19+ who are aiming to progress onto undergraduate and higher diploma courses in art related subjects.

The course content includes a balance of units which allow the learners to keep their options open until they have fully decided on their preferred route at degree level.

Course Content - What will I learn?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Art and Design will introduce you to a range of disciplines across art and design, through both practical and theoretical workshops that will enable you to assemble a personal portfolio to support your application and progression to higher education courses within art and design.

You will have the opportunity to develop your problem solving, thinking and independent study skills within units which include a focus on Cultural studies, modern and contemporary studies in Art and design, the design process and visual studies 2D as well as specialist subject units.


Am I right for the course?

You will be over 19 years and have been out of formal education for one year.

It is suitable for adults who have gone straight into industry who wish to progress to Higher Education or those who because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to Higher Education.

Access to HE is an intensive course and it is important that you understand the commitment. We will ask you to complete initial assessments in English and maths. We would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you are working at Level 1 in maths and Level 2 in English (GCSE level).

Each unit is assessed through an assignment. This may be a piece of written work, controlled assessment or presentation. Most units are graded pass, merit or distinction. On completion the numbers of passes, merits and distinctions may be used to calculate a UCAS Tariff. Universities will generally set a target for merits / distinctions or a Tariff.

You may take one GCSE/ Functional Skills (English or maths) alongside the main programme. If you need these qualifications it is best to talk to one of the Access Team.

Oaklands College has a team of experienced and specialist subject staff who have industry experience and deliver the teaching and learning on the programme. In addition there is a dedicated team of personal tutors who will help you develop your study skills and support you in reaching your full academic potential.

What Next?

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Design
  • BA (Hons) Art and Design
  • BA (Hons) Ceramic Design
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art: Drawing
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting
  • BSc (H) Fine Art: Photography
  • BSc (H) Fine Art: Sculpture
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Honours) Illustration
  • BA (Honours) Textile Design
  • BA (Hons) Photography, Video and Digital Imaging

All of our Art, Fashion & Design courses prepare you for an exciting career within the creative industries, with many students going on to study degrees at prestigious universities.

Potential careers:

  • Animator
  • Costume Designer
  • Ceramicist
  • Fashion/ Clothing Designer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fine Artist
  • Games Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interactive Web Designer
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Model Maker/ Special Effects
  • Photographer
  • Product Designer
  • Stage/Set Designer
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Textile Designer

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

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