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Before commencing your application, please ensure you have the details of two people who can act as references (for a full-time course), one of which ideally should be from your school or college.  You will also be asked to confirm details of any qualifications you're currently taking (such as GCSEs) together with predicted grades.

To apply for part-time courses you will just need to confirm the course, campus, your contact details and payment method.

Please note that for higher education and degree programmes, students need to apply through UCAS.

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land-Based Studies)

If you want to develop your career by gaining a degree, but lack the formal qualifications, which universities usually require, then an Access to Higher Education Diploma is ideal. Accepted by a range of colleges and universities throughout the country, this qualification gives you the basic skills and knowledge needed for university-level study.


Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, 3 days a week


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • Horticultural principles
  • Plant biology and nutrient cycling
  • Rural business studies
  • Crop management
  • Sustainability and conservation
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal management
  • Animal science and body systems
  • Principles of biology
  • Principles of chemistry
  • Inheritance
  • Ecology
  • Scientific project
  • A range of study skills units intended to develop your mathematical, English and analytical skills

Assessment Method:

Continuous assessment through a range of methods, including essays, reports, presentations, projects, posters and in-class tests.

Entry Requirements:

No formal qualifications are required for this course. Students must be 19 or over, be willing to learn and have a basic competence in English and a desire to study a degree-level qualification. 
Any applicant who does not already hold a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths will be required to gain them or may be required to take a Pre-Access course before the course commences.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can progress onto a degree course. This qualification is recognised in its own right as an A-Level equivalent.

Specialist Equipment Needed

A laboratory coat and steel toe-capped boots will be required.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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