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Access to Higher Education (AHE) programme

Springboard your academic journey

Key Facts

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School of Marine and Maritime Sciences

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Study Options:
Full Time

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Start Date:
June '21

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Course Length:
12 Weeks

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3 modules (including Academic English): £2,400
2 modules: £1,500

About this programme

This accelerated access programme is designed to help your successful transition into any University of Gibraltar undergraduate programme. This pathway programme provides you with the foundation of academic skills and knowledge needed to springboard your academic journey.
For 2021, we are running the Access Programme online which allows you time to start your visa application whilst completing the programme.
Successful completion of this Access programme will  guarantee your entry on to any one of our undergraduate programmes listed below:

Covid-19 vaccine: Staff and Students

Gibraltar was the first country in the world to vaccinate its entire population from Covid-19. As part of the nationwide vaccination programme, all University of Gibraltar teaching staff and students – including non-residents and international students – were offered a Covid 19 vaccine.

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Face to face teaching

We are committed to providing an excellent learning experience that is personal and participative. That’s why we have decided to continue the face-to-face delivery of our programmes.

Covid-19 measures


The Access to Higher Education programme offers 3-4 modules:
  1. Fast track Academic English*
  2. Fast track Academic Skills
  3. Speciality modules**
    • Mathematical Physics for Maritime Science OR
    • Mathematics for Business
  4. Fast track Adult Nursing
    • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
    • Introduction to Health and Social Care
*Should you have the minimum English Language requirements, you may be able to opt-out of this module.
**Module choice will be dependent on the undergraduate programme you are interested in e.g. BSc in Maritime Science or Bachelor of Business Administration.
The programme will run as an accelerated programme allowing you to successfully transition onto our undergraduate programmes.
Runs for 12 weeks for 6 hrs per week per module, starting in June 2021.

Fast Track Academic English

This module is designed to develop and improve Academic English skills of students whose first language is not English, in order for them to participate in their study programme. This integrated skills course will focus on the 4 language skills, (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in an academic context, along with essential grammar and academic vocabulary required for study at a level 4 programme.

Fast-Track Academic Skills

This module is designed to develop generic and transferable academic skills that underpin the learning development of students prior to embarking on university-level study.

The module aims to help students to gain knowledge and understanding of the academic skills needed to support their study at degree level, enabling them to be confident, independent critical thinkers and reflective learners.

Mathematical Physics

This module is designed to develop necessary skills and knowledge of basic Physics to allow progression onto a related undergraduate degree programme. The module will focus on basic mathematics and interpretation proficiency, followed by introduction to Physics concepts, with a focus on application of physics applicable to maritime navigation and engineering.

Adult Nursing: Introduction to Health Care

This module introduces students to the context of contemporary health and social care concepts across a range of healthcare settings. Students will be introduced to safe, effective and compassionate care, which is essential when caring for adults in partnership with families and other healthcare professionals.

Adult Nursing: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

This module is a core requirement for the Access to Healthcare programme. The content of the module is designed to help students develop their knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology which is an essential element of healthcare.

Introduction to Business Maths

This modules provides students with an introduction to the basic mathematical concepts that are required to succeed in a business context, particularly in the areas of finance and data analysis. Students will be also be introduced to the functions of Microsoft Excel which will assist them in these areas.

Meet the students

Thomas Peñalver

Access to Higher Education (AHE) programme

“Delivered with the utmost level of care and support by an attentive and vocationally-driven team of lecturers; this course has helped me get back onto the academic saddle, dispelling myths and misconceptions inferred to by the adage about “old dogs” and “new tricks”.”

Ivan Vinales

Access to Higher Education (AHE) programme

“This programme has enabled me to become more confident and proficient in numeracy skills; the lecturers are great in supporting us throughout whenever needed”

Entry Requirements

Typically, all applicants should have:
  • Minimum two Cs at AS level (24 UCAS points) or international equivalent.
English language requirements:
An overall IELTS test result of 5.5, including a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-tests.
Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge English B2 First, Duolingo English Test, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency).
If you do not meet the requirements, you can join one of our Pre-sessional English courses. Please contact us as each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.


£2,400 3 modules (including Academic English)
£1,500 2 modules


Should you not meet the entry requirements for your preferred undergraduate programme, this access programme would be recommended to you by the admissions team. You will need to apply for your academic programme of choice via the apply section of the respective programme page.


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You can also call us and speak to one of our team on +350 200 71000.

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