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22 weeks

Access courses are for adults who have had significant life experience but have left education with few, if any, qualifications. The BOOST programme will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge in preparation for progression onto other courses including the Access to HE Diploma.

On successful completion of your diploma, you will have the opportunity to either progress to:

  • your desired HE degree programme to gain qualified status, or
  • alternatively enter relevant apprenticeships or employment or promotion.

  • English
  • Maths
  • ICT
  • Study skills - for example Career Planning and Sociology

Through the robust academic training on the course, you will perfect and develop your verbal and written communication skills. You will engage in a wide range of reading and research, through which your critical thinking and analysis skills will develop. Maths skills will be developed throughout the year.

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, you will need to pass an initial assessment to determine your English skills.

Some courses are free for eligible learners, this is shown in the course details. You may be eligible for a free course if you are:

  • Unemployed and in receipt of an income-based benefit (for example JSA, ESA or Universal Credit)
  • Employed and earning less than the low-income threshold
  • Studying for your first full Level 2 qualification on an eligible legal entitlement course
  • Aged 19-23 and studying for your first full Level 3 qualification or on an eligible legal entitlement course
  • Your eligibility for a free course will be assessed and confirmed at enrolment.
  • If you would like to discuss any aspect of fees and funding please call the Funding Team on 0161 280 8500, 0161 280 8581 or 0161 280 8689


Many of our adult learners pay for their Level 3 and above courses with an Advanced Learner Loan. If a loan is available this is indicated in the course details. It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there are no credit checks. You only need to start paying back your Advanced Learner Loan when you are earning more than £25,000 per year.

Course Fee: £150.00

Please Note: We attempt to ensure that all information contained within this website is correct and up-to-date. However, some details may change as we review and update our provision. Although every effort is made to provide the teaching, examination, assessment and other services detailed on this website and in our other publications, Bury College cannot guarantee the provision of such programmes, services, facilities and fees. Bury College reserves the right to amend, withdraw, alter or amalgamate any of the courses, locations and facilities detailed within at any time. Should circumstances require such amendments, Bury College undertakes to use all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to those services and most importantly to students.