Access to HE Diploma (Built Environments): Online

Course overview

If you live in England, you might be able to do this course for FREE, see ‘Additional Information’ tab for more details.

Apply today, and our team will confirm if you qualify for free place, with no obligation. 

Are you interested in a rewarding career in construction and the built environment, project management, quantity and building surveying, yet worry that a lack of time could prevent you from taking that next step? If you are aged 19 or over, this fully online Access to HE Diploma (Built Environment) gives you a brand new, convenient and affordable way to study for your qualification online. 

Online learning means that you can study flexibly, at times to suit you and your lifestyle. Get the skills and qualifications you need to progress to university starting on your way to your aspirational career. 

Access to HE qualifications are nationally recognised, one-year intensive Level 3 courses designed to prepare adult learners aged 19 or over to study at degree level but who do not currently have the relevant entry requirements or qualifications or may have been out of education for a period and wish to return to education to change careers.

You will be guaranteed a place on a UCEM (University College of Estate Management) undergraduate programme, if you achieve at least 24 of the 45 credits studied on the Access to HE programme at Merit or Distinction level. 

Also, if you pay with an Adult Learner Loan and progress directly to university after this course, the government will write off your loan!

Benefits of studying with Activate Learning:

  • Designed exclusively for adults (19+)?
  • Supportive environment provided through tutors with subject expertise and includes guidance webinars for every module
  • One year programme equivalent to three A Levels, allowing you to achieve the qualification you need to progress to university
  • Widely recognised and accepted qualification by UK universities. This is validated and moderated by Ascentis under licence from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
  • Help and guidance on writing your personal statement and completing your UCAS application?
  • Flexible learning enabling you to study whilst working and personal commitments
  • Funding with the Advanced Learner Loan is available


You will study modules in Law, Business and the Built Environment.

The course is validated and moderated by Ascentis under license from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and comprises of 60 credits, of which 45 are graded and 15 ungraded. You will study towards 3 credits in Preparing to Progress, 3 credits in academic writing and 54 credits over the three subjects, Law, Business and the Built Environment.

We advise you to check with your chosen University before you apply to ensure they accept these units for your chosen course.

Teaching will be delivered by way of self-directed learning with access to regular tutor support. Additional webinars and online discussion forums are also available throughout your studies.

One subject will be covered at a time and a tutor with specialist subject knowledge will be assigned to guide and support you on your learning journey.

You will study modules in Study Skills, Law, Business and Computing. Credits are gained through the coursework.?We would advise for you to check with your chosen University to ensure they accept these units for your chosen course before you apply.

You will be assessed through coursework. All assessments are internally and externally verified through a rigorous and robust process to ensure all grading is consistent, fair and provides developmental feedback.?

Although the course workload is intensive, it is structured to recognise the pressures on adult learners. Many students successfully balance a healthy work/home life while studying the course. Activate Learning has helped over 4,000 Access to HE students progress to university.?

You must meet the following entry criteria:

  • Aged 19+ at the start of the academic year.
  • Living in the UK.
  • Already hold a grade B/6 or above in GCSE maths and GCSE C/4 or above in English Language or equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2. If you hold international qualifications, we can assess these to see if you meet the criteria.
  • Passing an entry assessment in maths and English.

*For your application to be processed, we are required to view your official certificates. These can be requested from the awarding body if you no longer have them.

You will NOT be able to study maths and/or English GCSEs alongside this course.

You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3. Don’t worry, most students are successful in the assessment process.

A wide range of support is available at the college for students, including financial support.

An Access to HE Diploma will help you to progress to study at university. It will also help you improve your employment prospects. As well as developing subject knowledge, you will improve your communication, personal and study skills through a core programme that also provides one-to-one tutorial support.

Completing an Access to HE Diploma in Built Environment allows learners to go on to study degrees in a range of professional areas in the built environment. These include construction and built environment, project management, quantity and building surveying, commercial management in construction, built environment design, health and safety, and many more. In addition, the Diploma provides learners with direct access to other roles that don’t require a degree, including:

  • Tendering and estimating
  • Business development
  • Cost control
  • Quality control
  • Administration in the built environment

Note: Please check the entry requirements for your chosen universities with regard to the suitability of this qualification. 

Once you submit your application with us and we have seen proof of your maths and English qualifications, you will receive an initial literacy and numeracy test by email to check your suitability to study at Level 3.

But don’t worry—most students are successful in this! If you pass, you will then receive an offer for the course and the most relevant funding information.

Funding Options:

To be eligible for funding, you will need to live in England. Anyone in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland will need to self-fund the course.

Level 3 Entitlement fee remission: If you are aged 19-23 and do not hold a prior full Level 3 qualification, you may be eligible to study the course for free. This would also depend on your location within the UK, but we will check this for you during your application process.

19+ Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged over 23, or you are 19-23 with a full Level 3 qualification, you can fund the course with the Advanced Learner Loan supplied by Student Finance England. This loan will be wiped from your records if you progress to university and complete your studies! If you do not progress to university or a higher education course, you will not need to start paying back the loan until you earn over £25,725.00. 

 Remember: If you go on to study at university and complete a degree, the government will write off the loan for your Access course.

Course Starts in 61 Days
  • 19 August 2024 - 25 July 2025
  • 1 Year
    • Adult: £3928
    • 19+ Loans: £3928

      This course is eligible for Advanced Learner Loan funding.

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