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Engineering Access to Higher Education Advanced (Level 3)

Aimed at adult learners over the age of 19, this course provides you with the opportunity to study a Level 3 qualification, on a full-time basis, leading to progression on to a higher education qualification. You will focus on developing core skills and knowledge in maths and science.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements:
You will need a grade A*-C or 9-4 in maths, English Language to succeed on this course and Science (Chemistry/Physics) is advisable, or relevant work experience in this field may be considered. Your place on the course will be subject to a maths assessment and engineering aptitude assessment and a successful interview. A genuine interest of a career in either engineering or construction is essential. 

Course content

The course is designed to prepare you for entry on to higher education provision in either Engineering or Construction. In addition to vocationally related technology the course will focus on the mathematical and scientific skills essential for success.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range or methods including end tests, assignment work and presentations.


Access to HE Level 3 Diploma in Engineering and Construction

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the course, you can progress on to the HNC in Engineering or Construction here at the College.

Additional information

You will be required to attend College for three days a week on a Monday, Thursday and Friday and you will also be expected to study for approximately 15 hours a week outside of College. You may need to purchase books relating to the course.

Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment). Once we’ve processed your application you will be contacted by email.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at

If you complete one of our Access to Higher Education courses and use an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your tuition fee, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on the Advanced Learner Loan if you then go on to complete an undergraduate course.

18 year olds with the relevant entry criteria may apply, and subject to a successful interview you may qualify for a free place. Alternatively we offer Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 14/09/2020 Launch our fee calculatorLaunch our fee calculator Cauldwell Street D1539

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

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Advanced Learner Loans
If you’re aged 19 or over on the start date of your chosen course, you can apply for a loan to cover the tuition fees for some Level 3+ qualifications. There’s also nothing to pay back until you’ve completed your course and you’re earning over £25,000 per year!

» Visit the Advanced Learner Loans page for more information

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