The University Entrance Diploma is a full-time course designed to meet the needs of young people who are looking for an alternative to traditional A levels or BTECs.

We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions below, however if you have any other queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

FAQ list

For the two year course you should have five GCSEs at grade A*-C / 9-4 (or their equivalent), including English and Maths.

For the one year course, in addition to the above, you should also have experience of studying at Level 3 (such as A level).

Please note: if you are applying for the Science and Social Science option, you will also be expected to have a grade C or above (9-4) in GCSE science. The specific requirements may vary according to your future degree choice, and will be discussed with you at interview.

Our course is based at the University of Kent's Medway campus and our teaching rooms are in the Drill Hall Library. Selected Biology classes take place at Brompton Academy to enable use of laboratory facilities.

You will be in classes for the equivalent of four full days per week or less depending on the route you are enrolled on. This could be spread across up to five days for intensive students.

The course runs from mid-September to the start of July.

You will have similar holidays to Medway schools and colleges. Term dates will be confirmed at induction.


No, tuition and examination fees are fully funded. You will need to pay for things such as stationery, and travel to and from the University campus. You may also be asked to contribute towards the cost of visits undertaken as part of the course.

We will have a selection of core texts in the library and online, but it may be necessary to purchase your own copies of certain books, such as the set texts in English Language and Literature.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma you will achieve qualifies you to go on to a wide range of courses in higher education, which may include:

  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Film
  • Forensic Science
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Social Science
  • Social Policy
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport Management
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