Level 3 Access to HE (Fast-Track) - Engineering


The Access to HE Diploma (Fast-Track) in Engineering is designed to help you get the qualifications you need to study engineering, or a related course, at university.
Over a period of 6 months, you will gain a foundational knowledge of all elements of engineering, as well as brushing up on your study skills (note taking, essay writing, exam preparation and oral presentations).
A personal tutor will support you throughout the course and give you guidance for applying to Higher Education.

Who is the course aimed at?

If you are 19 years or over and would like to study Engineering at university but left school without the qualifications you need, then this Access to HE course is for you.

Course content

  • Algebraic Methods
  • Calculus
  • Numerical and Algebraic Techniques
  • Trigonometry
  • Numerical Methods
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Technical Skills for Writing
  • Writing for Different Purposes
  • Electrical Science – Construction Principles and Application
  • Electrical Science – Circuits and Operation
  • Mechanical Properties of Materials
  • Mechanics
  • Mechanical Science – Energy and Motion
  • Electricity
  • Research Topic

Progression opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you can continue your studies at most UK universities on a range of engineering courses offered. If you have a particular university and course in mind, please check with them to ensure the Access to Higher Education qualification will allow progression onto that course. This course also provides a great entry point onto our Higher Education programmes at NCATI.

Course costs

This course is FREE for all adults aged 19+ who live in a West Midlands Combined Authority postcode.

For other candidates, tuition fees will be £3,928 with an Advanced Learner Loan available through Student Finance England which is then written off on successful completion of a Student Finance England-fundable HE course at levels 4, 5 or 6.

Course duration

  • January 2023 – June 2023
  • 3 days a week, 09:30 – 16:30



Entry requirements

  • GCSE English and Maths – grade C/4 or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills)