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If you’re wanting to get back into education, we have plenty of studying options to make the step seamless.

We offer a selection of routes on to courses from Access to Higher Education, Foundation Entry Degrees, HNCs and professional courses.

No matter which route you choose, Blackburn College can help restart your study journey.

Access to Higher Education

Want to study at university but don’t have the correct qualifications? One of our Access to Higher Education Diplomas can help you bridge the gap and prepare yourself for university study.

We offer a range of Access courses to enable you to enter both degree level study at Blackburn University Centre or courses at other universities.

We offer access courses from Education, Health and Wellbeing to Science.

Foundation Entry Degrees

If you don’t have the necessary entry requirements for an Honours degree you may still be able to join one of our Honours degrees with Foundation Entry.

A Foundation Degree is a degree level qualification that combines academic study with Work Based Learning.

Foundation Degrees are designed in association with employers and are qualifications that equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve outstanding academic results as well as improve performance and productivity in the workplace.

These last four years (full-time). In your first year, you will focus on preparation for Honours level study.


Higher National Certificates (HNCs) are generally suitable for candidates who do not have the necessary skills or experience to progress onto a HND or degree programme and will provide you with an introduction to a subject.

This qualification is designed to equip you with the basic knowledge, understanding and skills required for a general vocational area.

HNCs are usually studied two years part-time or one year full-time and many candidates then go on to other qualifications or areas of study.

Professional Qualifications

Professional Qualifications are specialist industry courses which can help you gain the qualifications required to practice at a high level in certain jobs or professions.

They are suited for professionals wanting to develop their careers. Courses are approved by well-respected organisations including:

  • Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators and Receptionists (AMSPAR)
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)