Course Type / Attendance

Part Time, Access to HE

Subject Area

Access to HE

Start Date


Course Length

1 year




Adult, Higher Education



Course Level


Award to be received

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health)

Regulatory Body

QAA Approved

Awarding Body

ONE Awards

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Who is this course for?

Students who are 19 years and above who are wanting to apply to university for degrees in ;

Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Child Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Occupational Health, ODP, Public Health, Health and Social Care.

The Diploma is  also suitable for progression onto Foundation Degrees and HND’s in Health and Social Care.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade C or a full level 2 plus Maths and English at level 2.

You will also need to complete an English and Maths assessment and attend an interview.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Pathway Units, level 3, 9 credits : Human Biology, Professional Skills in Health Care, Contemporary Issues in Health, Psychology,Social Policy and Welfare * Biochemistry ( optional within Health Science Strand) = 45 credits@ level 3

Core units,ungraded : Higher Maths- level 3 ,3 credits, Study Skills -Level 2, 6 credits, English Writing Skills- level 2, 3 credits, English Comprehension, level 2, 3 credits = 15 credits

How you will learn

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, workshops and self-study

Continuous Assessment involving building a portfolio to include :

Essays, reports, projects, academic posters, leaflets, internal exams approx. three assessments per unit and two internal examinations over the whole diploma.

Deadlines and submission dates set internally and are available on the Access Mooodle website.

All assignments are collated into an individual portfolio which are assessed internally and are subject to internal and external moderators

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing your course you could progress onto a university courses and progression to careers in the NHS and the Caring Professions.

Average salary for qualified Nursing staff = £23,000 approx.

What costs will you incur?

£3,000 for daytime programme. £2,750 for evening programme.

Students apply for a 19+ loan which is written off when a student completes their HE course. Fees will be charged when either the Access course or the HE course has not been completed.