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Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals)
Further course information

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are full Level 3 national qualifications accepted as a standard entry qualification by Higher Education (HE) providers in England and Wales. Each year over 40,000 learners in the UK register on Access to Higher Education Diplomas and most go on to succeed in HE and embark on life changing new careers.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) provides the opportunity to apply for a degree across a range of health-related areas including nursing, midwifery, paramedic etc.

The course is designed to prepare learners without formal educational backgrounds for academic work and university life. In addition to academic content, study skills and IT skills are supported and developed.

The course starts in September for the duration of one academic year and is organised to allow students to fit their study around their home, family and work commitments (9.30am – 3.00pm). You will be expected to attend all teaching sessions for approximately 10-12 hours in college over 2-3 days a week. Please note that you will need to supplement this by studying in your own time.

Course delivery will be via a combination of both ‘traditional face-to-face’ and ‘remote’ teaching; you will also be required to access on-line material to supplement both of these delivery methods.

Access to Higher Education Courses are eligible for Advanced Learner Loans

-Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

- If you complete your Access to Higher Education course and subsequent degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.

More information on paying for your Access to Higher Education Diploma is available at https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

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Entry Requirements

Ideally, applicants should have a GCSE at Grade C (4) or above in both English and Maths (or equivalent*).

However, we will consider applications from those who have a Grade D (3) or equivalent in either Maths or English - please note where this is the case the relevant GCSE/Functional Skills Level 2 must be studied alongside the Access to Higher Education Diploma (evening class).

* Equivalent - Functional Skills level 2.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.

Course Content

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) covers a range of topics subject to changes:

Health Studies

1. History of NHS,
2. The Role & Responsibilities of the Health professionals

Human Biology

1. Human Cell Biology
2. Homeostasis and the Endocrine System
3. Nutrition and Digestion
4. Respiration and Circulation
5. The Human Muscular and Skeletal System
6. The Nervous System
7. The Urinary System
8. Reproduction


1. Early Social Development
3. Memory Process
4. The psychology of Mental Health and Illness
5. Related Studies (Research Project)

Skills for Learning and Common Core subjects designed to develop your academic and IT skills.


Assessment is both formal (graded) and informal:

• Practical work
• Research project.
• Group Work
• Essays,
• Presentations,
• Case studies,
• Scientific reports
• Posters


Fees: £3384.00
Fees Advanced Learning Loan: £3384.00


Successful completion of this course will enable entry onto a relevant degree.

Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing, Learning Disabilities Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Paramedical Science, Speech and Language Therapy, Audiology, Radiography, Biomedical Science, Health Sciences, Health Studies, Public Health and Community Studies.

(You are advised to check the specific entry requirements for the degree you wish to apply for in advance of applying for this course, including whether Functional Skills are accepted as an alternative to GCSEs by the universities you are applying to).

Additional Information

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Duration and Times

Next course available: September 9th, 2024
Number of Weeks: 35

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