Kent offers Access to Higher Education Diploma in Thanet region

The Diploma will be taught at Hartsdown Academy in Margate from September and will help more people across the Kent region access courses that can provide a route to higher education.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is equivalent to A-level study and so provides the necessary qualifications to be considered for university study. It is taught part-time over two years and courses run in the evening so it is as accessible to as many people as possible.

The Diploma has been offered at Brompton Academy in Gillingham for a number of years with a cohort of around 50 people taking the Diploma over the two years. The hope is that by offering the course in the Thanet region more people across Kent will be able to benefit.

An open evening will take place between 18.00-19.30pm on 7 June at Hartsdown Academy to provide an insight on the Diploma and the modules taught such as Psychology, Sociology and English Literature and Creative Writing.

The course is free of charge except for a one-off administration fee of £125 and those interested in attending the open evening are asked to register by emailing The full address of the venue is Hartsdown Academy, Margate, CT9 5RE.

As well as the opening evening, no-obligation taster sessions on modules in Criminology, Psychology, Creative Writing and Sociology are also being offered at Cliffs, Northdowns Road, Margate, CT9 2QN between 11am-1pm on the following dates: May 24, May 31, June 7 and June 14.

The Diploma and the taster sessions are provided as part of the University’s commitment to providing education opportunities to all age ranges and a full list of the Community Courses on offer is available here.

The University recently hosted 15 residents and volunteers of the homeless charity Porchlight as part of an event to promote the Access to Higher Education Diploma and provide an insight into university life for those considering a return to higher education.