Adult & Family Learning with the University of Kent



Access to Higher Education Diploma at Hartsdown Academy

The University of Kent is proud to be working with Hartsdown Academy. They are committed to supporting the Academy in designing and delivering a range of courses for adults, including family learning programmes. These programmes are open to our parents/carers and adults in the wider community who want to broaden their knowledge, gain a qualification or pick up new skills to help support their child through school.

The Access to Higher Eduction Diploma can be studied at Hartsdown Academy and offers a range of subjects as part of a small group of other adults, either as a valuable stand-alone qualification, your first step towards a degree or just for interest.

The subjects you can study include psychology, creative writing, sociology and English literature. You also gain skills in research, essay-writing and presentations. You can also get GCSEs in English language and maths.

The University of Kent offer one off taster sessions for the Access subjects:

Psychology Thursday 4th June 2020, English Literature Thursday 11th June 2020, Creative Writing Monday 15th June 2020 and Sociology Monday 22nd June 2020. All sessions start at 6 and finish at 7.30.

Book a place

For more information on the Access to Higher Eduction Diploma or our GCSE courses please CLICK HERE , email or telephone +44 (0)1227 823662.


Access to HE at Hartsdown Academy – success story: Pam

Pam, a nursery practitioner, attended a campus visit day arranged by volunteers from Home-Start family support charity in Margate.

‘I came on the campus visit to see what the University was like and find out if going to university was something I could really do…it always felt so far out of reach. I heard about the Access course, went to an information evening at Hartsdown Academy and then decided to enrol! Now I’m half way through the second year of my Access course. I studied sociology and creative writing in the first year and now I’m doing psychology and GCSE Maths.

‘I’ve enjoyed all of the course so far but understanding sociology has opened up my mind much more. I’m looking forward to what the future has to offer. I have applied to study for a degree in social work. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it’s amazing to finally be looking at what university has to offer.

‘Finding the time to study while having a family and working is a challenge at times but it teaches you to manage your time more efficiently. My tutors have been very understanding but they also encourage me to take control and manage things better. They gave advice and made me believe that I could do it, and when I got positive feedback it gave me the boost to continue.

‘The Access programme has given me the confidence to take on new challenges and gain skills which I can apply to my studies. I have also met some amazing new people who I’m now proud to call my friends.’