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You study 60 credits in total; 45 graded credits and 15 ungraded credits.

You cover the following subjects: Developmental (9 credits), Biology (33 credits), Psychology (18 credits).

Subject Set: Developmental Credits Graded Examined Level
Developmental - Preparing to Progress [summary] 3No No 3
Developmental - Writing for Academic Purposes [summary] 3No No 3
Developmental - Basic Principles in Number [summary] 3No No 2
Totals: 90
Subject Set: Biology Credits Graded Examined Level
Biology - Introduction to Cell Biology [summary] 3No No 3
Biology - Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles [summary] 3Yes No 3
Biology - Homeostasis, Coordination and Control and the Excretory Systems [summary] 6Yes No 3
Biology - Biomolecules and Key Biochemical Principles (Ex) [summary] 6Yes Yes 3
Biology - Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastro-Intestinal Systems [summary] 6Yes No 3
Biology - Human Reproductive Biology [summary] 3Yes No 3
Biology - Practical Investigation (Biology) [summary] 6Yes No 3
Totals: 3330
Subject Set: Psychology Credits Graded Examined Level
Psychology - Introduction to Psychology [summary] 3No No 3
Psychology - Psychological Perspectives and Behaviour (Ex) [summary] 6Yes Yes 3
Psychology - Defining, Classifying and Explaining Disorders [summary] 3Yes No 3
Psychology - Treating Disorders [summary] 3Yes No 3
Psychology - Interpersonal Communication [summary] 3Yes No 3
Totals: 1815

How do I study?

Our Access to HE Diplomas are delivered completely online. This means that you can study when it suits you, your family, and your job. With our learning materials and your own personal tutor, you will have the one-to-one support and guidance that you need to succeed when studying an Access Diploma online.

When can I start?

You can start when it suits you: just like studying with us, our enrolments are flexible too.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no set entry requirements for this Access to HE Diploma.

You need to have a UK residential address to study this qualification (you can be posted overseas). If you are currently resident outside the UK you need to be able to provide proof of UK residency before the end of the course. In this case, please advise us of this when you apply for the course.

Is this course accredited?

All of our Access to HE Diplomas are fully accredited by recognised awarding bodies who are regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the official regulator for Access to HE. This means that our Access to HE Diplomas are accepted by the majority of universities and Higher Education Institutions in the UK.

How do I learn?

For every unit you study you will be given access to its tailored learning materials: because they are written by us, you can be sure that they will teach you what you need to succeed on your assessments. They are more than a textbook – they guide you through your learning and support you so that you're fully prepared for each assessment. You will complete tasks, answer questions (with model answers that you can check), and will be given all the tools needed to achieve the highest grades possible.

How am I assessed?

You are assessed through tutor-assessed coursework throughout your Diploma, including two exams that will take place over Skype. Our assessments have been both internally and externally verified, meaning that they have been checked to make sure they are consistent, fair and robust. Importantly, they give everybody the same opportunities to succeed. Our internal verification process is rigorous and thorough, ensuring that every tutor is marking, grading and giving formative and developmental feedback in line with our exacting standards.

How long will it take?

Because our Access to HE Diplomas fit into your life rather than the other way around, you can decide how long you'd like to study your Diploma for. On average an Access to HE Diploma takes 9 months, but you can complete in 6 months or study for longer if you wish to.

When can I complete?

Just like starting, when you complete is up to you. The only deadlines that are in place are those set by yourself, and are usually based on when you hope to start university. To start university in September you would aim for June moderation; to start university in February/March you would aim for November moderation.

What are my future prospects?

An Access to HE Diploma opens doors for every learner. Whether you decide to use it to gain entry to university or not, it will improve your career prospects. You gain so much by studying an Access Diploma online: it teaches you skills that will make you stand out. From organisational skills and time management, to the ability to self-direct and research independently – you will be capable of things you hadn't previously thought possible.

£1247 - spread across easy instalments for up to 12 months of study

Fee breakdown

  • Enrolment Fee = £30.00, payable when you apply for the course.
  • Course Fee = £1077.00, covers up to 12 months of study; payable monthly, 2-weekly or in a single instalment.
  • Awarding Body Registration Fee [1] = £140.00 (zero. VAT) paid in two parts.
    1. £40.00 paid with your first course fee instalment.
    2. £100.00 payable on achievement of 24 credits or 1 year from the date of registration, whichever is sooner.
      • We will provide some advanced warning when this fee becomes due although you will already have a good idea of this as you will know how many credits you have achieved.
  • Total Fee = £1247.00 for up to 12 months of study.

  • Extension Fee [2]= £78.00 per month, payable if you extend your study over more than 12 months.

[1] The Awarding Body Registration Fee is set by the awarding body so may change during your course.

[2] If the Monthly Extension Fee changes either between when you start your course and when you require the fee, or if your are already on this fee and the price changes, the changed price will apply.

Funding your course

Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs) - this course is eligible for ELC funding which is available to members of the Armed Forces. Find out more >>>

This course is not eligible for Advanced Learner Loans.

The majority of our students fund themselves using our easy payment options. Some secure funding through their employers and a few manage to get some help from local charities. We cannot provide advice on funding but we do have a Grants & Funding page which you may find useful.

If you are not funding your course yourself, please ensure that you make us aware of this when you apply so that we can make any necessary arrangements with the funder.

Over 20 NHS Trusts have funded employees to study Access to HE Diplomas with DistanceLearningCentre.com.

Course fee instalments

The amount you pay for each instalment depends on how quickly you plan to complete the course. You can also change your Target Completion Date during the course when you have a clearer idea of how quickly you are progressing. This may change the cost of your instalments. Bringing the date forward will tend to increase the amount and setting it back will tend to reduce it.

Single payment

Choose how you pay. For example:

  • You pay the £30.00 Enrolment Fee when you apply.
  • We debit the £1077.00 Course Fee on your Course Start Date and then you can pay the Awarding Body Registration Fees as they become due.
    1. £40.00 paid with your course fee instalment.
    2. £100.00 paid when you achieve 24 credits or 1 year from date of registration, whichever is sooner.


Maximum 12 payments.

  1. Enrolment Fee paid on application £30.00
  2. Course Fee instalments
    • 12 months @ £89.75 per month
    • 11 months @ £97.91 per month
    • 10 months @ £107.70 per month
    • 9 months @ £119.67 per month
    • 8 months @ £134.63 per month
    • 7 months @ £153.86 per month
    • 6 months @ £179.50 per month
  3. Awarding Body Registration Fees
    1. £40.00 paid with first Course Fee instalment.
    2. £100.00 paid when you complete half the course or 1 year from date of registration, whichever is sooner.


Maximum 26 payments.

  1. Enrolment Fee paid on application £30.00
  2. Course Fee instalment examples
    • 12 months, 26 instalments @ £41.42
    • 10 months, 21 instalments @ £51.29
    • 8 months, 17 instalments @ £63.35
    • 6 months, 13 instalments @ £82.85
  3. Awarding Body Registration Fees
    1. £40.00 paid with first Course Fee instalment.
    2. £100.00 paid when you complete half the course or 1 year from date of registration, whichever is sooner.

Additional Qualifications and Special Offers

If you are studying other qualifications with us in addition to an Access to HE Diploma, we provide reduced rate special offers on the additional qualifications.

  1. You only ever have to pay the Enrolment Fee once, if you pay it when applying for another course with us, we will take the cost off your first Course Fee instalment.
  2. If studying GCSEs alongside your Access Diploma, you get £20.00 off the first and £30.00 off the second.
  3. If studying more than one Progression Award of 12 credits or more as an extension to your Access Diploma, you get £10.00 off the second and £15.00 off the third.

Payment methods

The normal method of payment is online with a credit or debit card. We accept all major cards (Visa Debit, MasterCard, Electron, UK Maestro and Solo) and use SagePay, one of the most secure payment systems on the market.

If there are genuine reasons why you cannot pay online, you will need to contact us to discuss whether there are other feasible options available such as bank transfer or Standing Order.

The support that our students receive is central to who we are and the service that we deliver.

Your tutor

Your tutor is both your personal and your subject specialist teacher. They were chosen for their expert subject knowledge and qualifications, and for their skills in supporting and motivating adults who may have been out of education for some time. They are there to guide your studies, and you will be in regular contact with them. Because they mark your assessments, they know how to help you to improve, develop and advance as you progress through the course.

Their role evolves over the course of your studies as your needs change. Initially you will speak to your tutor every week so you can get to know each other and settle into studying. As you progress through the course the support that you want from your tutor may change: one week you may want to talk about study skills, and the next about the ethics of research. Your tutor is there to make sure that your time with us is as successful and enjoyable as possible.

Student Services

Our Student Services team are here for you from your first enquiry and throughout your Diploma. From clarifying university entry requirements to finding the Diploma that is right for you, Student Services are here for everybody – past, present and prospective student alike.

If you need extra support with your studies, e.g for dyslexia let us know you can be referred to our Learning Support department.

Peer Support

We have a dynamic private Facebook community over 2000 students for you to join and if you want to raise points with staff this can be done via the Student Action Group.

UCAS Application

For many, making the UCAS application is one of the most important moments in the Access journey, and we support you throughout the process. Our strong relationships with universities mean that we liaise with them to ensure that you are always given the most relevant and up-to-date advice, and we keep you abreast of up to date information from UCAS.

From the first stage of your application, to your interviews, and accepting a place – we are there with you every step of the way. We will work with you to plan and draft your personal statement, and will check every single application, personal statement and reference before they are submitted. We work to ensure that every application is the best it can be.


We make our courses suit you and your life: if your circumstances or priorities change then your course can too. We are here to help you achieve, and so altering your target completion date, payment date, or extending your study period is always possible.

Technical Department

From accessing learning materials to uploading documents, if you need any technical support during your studies our Technical Department is there for you.

Financial Department

You can contact Finance Should you need any help or advice about fees, payment options, or there are changes to your circumstances.

Laptop or Computer

Due to the academic nature and depth of this course you will not be able to study it entirely on a Mobile Phone or Tablet.

Check university entry requirements

It is important to check the entry requirements for your chosen universities as these will help you decide if you need any of the qualifications below. We are also very happy to advise you to ensure that you have what you need.


You may need GCSEs to gain entry to university. If you do not have these already, you can study them with us.

Functional Skills

You may need Functional Skills Qualification to gain entry to university. Many universities will accept these in place of a GCSE. If you do not have these already, you can study them with us.

Progression Awards

You may need further Level 2 credits in English, Maths and Science (known as Progression Awards) to gain entry to university. If you do not have these already, you can study them with us.

UK ENIC (formerly UK NARIC) Statement of Comparability

If you already hold qualifications that were studied outside the UK, your university may wish to see a Statement of Comparability to exempt you from GCSE or Level 2 credits entry requirements. UK ENIC can be contacted through enic.org.uk.

Work experience, specific skills and specialist knowledge

You should always check university's entry requirements, both compulsory and preferred, as they will often say what they expect from a candidate. This may include a work placement, specific interpersonal skills, or evidence of wide reading and existing knowledge about the degree, the career, or the industry.