The Course

Access to Higher Education courses are designed to prepare students aged 19+ for a Foundation Degree.

This course includes specialist Agriculture units, enabling students to fully tailor their study programmes to suit their future progression or career aims.

The programme makes full use of the College's facilities, including our mixed-use farm.

  • What You Study

    • Introduction to business
    • Higher Education study skills
    • Organisations, people and products
    • Land-based skills
    • Introduction to science
    • Science of life
    • Bioscience
    • Chemistry
    • Research project
    • Specialist Agriculture modules covering crop production, livestock production and technology.
  • Entry Requirements

    You will need GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications, as well as relevant industry experience. You can study English/Maths alongside your course if you don't have these grades.

  • Duration

    One year, usually three days per week in college.

  • Progression

    On completion of this course students can progress onto a range of Foundation Degrees at the college, including in Agriculture.

  • Careers

    Work in a wide range of exciting and diverse areas, including as an arable and livestock farm assistant or manager, agronomist, animal feed specialist and many more.

  • Equipment Required


    Lever arch file, dividers and hole punched lined paper, pencil case, pens and pencils. A laptop is desirable but not essential. USBs are not permitted. All work is stored using Microsoft OneDrive, free for Bishop Burton students.

    Practical sessions:

    Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including high-visibility jacket/bib, overalls, steel toe capped boots, wellingtons, waterproof coat and trousers and a lab coat

  • Financial Support

    Advanced Learner Loans are available to help students cover the tuition fees for this course. Visit our College Finance Further page for more information.

    Please note, if you are applying for your first level 3 course (including Access to Higher Education) and you are aged between 19 and 23, then your course is free, so you don’t need a loan!​

  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form.

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