Access to Higher Education

Foundation Pathways

If you’ve been away from education for some time or didn’t quite achieve your College qualifications, an Access to Higher Education programme will give you the confidence and skills to take that next step to start a degree or equivalent University level course. 

Buxton & Leek College is proud to be part of the University of Derby, which is particularly beneficial for our Access to Higher Education programmes. You can study an Access to Higher Education Diploma at the University of Derby Kedleston Road Campus in Derby. These programmes are between 2 and 3 days a week classroom-based, with additional personal study time required. 

If you would like to know what funding, bursaries or loans may be available to you whilst on your access course please click here.

Our current pathways are:

  • Business Pathway
  • ICT Pathway 
  • Criminology and Law Pathway 
  • Engineering Pathway 
  • Humanities and Social Science Pathway  
  • Psychology Pathway 
  • Science Pathway
  • Sports Pathway 

Plus additional Academic Skills will be studied:

English Level 2 – if you do not already hold GCSE A-C (9-4) English 

Maths Level 2 – if you do not already hold GCSE A-C (9-4) Maths 

Available courses

Foundation Pathways Programme

  • Course type: Adults
  • Study Type: Full-time
  • Study Duration: 35 weeks
  • Level: Level 3
  • Campus: Derby
  • Start date: September
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