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Access to HE

If you’ve been out of education for some time, didn't take A-levels or their equivalents when you were at school and you now want to go to university, you can enrol in our Access to Higher Education courses which can get you back into learning and prepare you for study at university level. 

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Which access course is best for me?

Take a look at the degree areas below to find out which access course is best for you.


Teacher - Social Worker - Journalism - Youth / Community Worker - Psychologist (Child) - Criminologist - Creative Writing    


Zoology - Marine Biology - Paramedic - Nutritionist - Physiotherapy - Podiatry - Physics - Pharmacy - Pharmacology - Ecology and Conservation - Biochemistry - Biomedical Sciences - Biology - Forensic Biology - Food Science - Paramedic Science    

Healthcare Professions

Midwifery - Nursing (Adult) - Nursing (Child) - Nursing (Mental Health) - Paramedic - Paramedic Science - Physiotherapy - Operating Department Practice (ODP) - Radiography - Podiatry - Occupational Therapy - Human Physiology - Healthcare Science - Healthcare Management - Social Work - Speech Therapy - Psychotherapy - Psychology

Sport Science

Teaching Sports - Sport Injuries - Physiotherapy - Osteopathy - Sports Development Officer - Coaching

Did you know?

Advanced Learner Loans are available to cover the cost of full or part time courses for those aged over 19.

Once you have completed an HE course, your outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balance for an Access to HE course can be written off. This means you don’t have to repay it.

The higher education course must be eligible for student finance.

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Financial Help for 19+ Years

Financial Help for 19+ Years

Returning to education may not be as difficult as you think. You may be eligible to receive financial support to provide help with tuition fees, childcare and travel costs.

Student Finance for Higher Education (18+)

If you're planning on studying a university level course with us, there may be funding available to help you with course fees and living costs. Funding is administered by the government through Student Finance England. To apply, you will need to register online


The Chichester College Learning Support Grant for 19+

The Chichester College Learning Support Grant is the name we have given to our discretionary learner support scheme and is administered by the college.

This grant can provide you with:

  • Help with travel costs
  • Help with equipment, books or resources costs.
  • Contribution towards childcare costs.
  • Help to pay UCAS admin fees.
  • contribution towards enrichment activities linked to your course.

How do I apply for the Chichester College Learning Support Grant?

Application forms and guidance are available from the Student Finance team in the Student Centre at Chichester and the student tutor office at Brinsbury. To register your interest, call the Student Finance team on 01243 786321 ext 2325 or 2119. We have tried to make applying as simple as possible, but it will involve filling in forms, providing evidence and telling us about your financial situation. We will then make an assessment based on your personal circumstances.

The Chichester College Learning Support Grant may still be available to successful applicants of the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan (see below) if the total houshold income is below £32,000.

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Advanced Learner Loan

You can apply for a loan to help cover the costs of full or part-time courses for adults (aged 19 and over) covering an extensive range of subjects, all leading to a recognised level 3 to level 6 qualification. Call 01243 786321 for an informal chat with our admissions team to discuss all the options.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to receive a Advanced Learner Loan if you are:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • Studying a recognised further education level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification
  • A resident in the UK

When can I apply?

You can start applying for your loan from the 1st of June of the year of your enrolment. For more information visit the Gov.UK website.

Professional and Career Development Loans

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information visit the Gov.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.




Stagecoach is offering a 7 day student Megarider gold ticket to allow unlimited bus travel on their bus services within West Sussex including routes to Brighton, Hampshire and Surrey. For more information or to buy your ticket online visit Stagecoach.


If your journey to Chichester or Brinsbury campus begins at Billingshurst, Shoreham-by-sea or Chichester, or any of the stations inbetween, you can purchase a 7 day Unizone ticket. A Unizone ticket entitles you to 7 days unlimted travel (within the destinations described above).

To purchase the Unizone ticket you will need both a 16-25 Railcard and a student card. Your student card will be given to you when you enrol. You will need to apply online at for your 16-25 railcard.

If you are over the age of 25 you can also apply for the 16-25 railcard. You will need to upload and complete the Mature Student Declaration available on the 16-25 railcard website.


If your journey to Chichester or Brinsbury campus begins at Horley or Ockley, or any of the stations inbetween, you will be entitled to a 34% discount. Tickets are purchased from Southern Railway's website

This will be subject to the following conditions:

- You must be a full time student

- You must have obtained a free 'Sussex Student Card' (visit )

- You must purchase your ticket for a minimum of one month

Your discount will only be valid for stations that are not covered by the Worthing and Billingshurst Unizone.



We have a nursery called First Steps at both the Chichester and Brinsbury campuses, which offer great quality childcare to students.

If you are aged 19 or under and have children, you can apply for help with childcare costs from the Care to Learn scheme.  If you are aged over 20, you can apply for help through the Chichester College Learning Support Grant for 19+.


Residential Bursaries

We offer bursaries to full-time students taking landbased courses at our Brinsbury campus who live beyond a normal, daily traveling distance. The bursary is for accommodation costs or for travel costs, if the student wishes to stay at home.  The bursary can be up to £94 a week for students living away from home.  The bursary is means tested, so the amount you receive will depend on your family's income.  Applications for bursaries are made direct to the college, please speak to the Student Finance team for more information.


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