19 Years and Over


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 HE Diplomas and most go on to succeed in HE and embark on life changing new careers.

The ‘Access to HE 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.

Sessions will be delivered in well-equipped traditional classroom/laboratory settings; you will also be required to access on-line material.

Access to HE 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 HE course and subsequent degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.

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

Entry Requirements

Ideally, applicants should have a GCSE at grade C or grade 4 or above in both English and Maths.

However, we will consider applications from those who have a grade D or grade 3 in either Maths or English – please note where this is the case the relevant GCSE must be studied alongside the Access to HE Diploma. This may be in an evening class.

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.


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

Health Studies (such as Approaches to Health and Health Promotion)
Biological Science (such as Anatomy, Body Systems)
Psychology (such as Developmental Psychology)
Sociology (such as the Sociology of Heath and the Sociology of the Family)
Related Studies (a Research Topic)
Skills for Learning and a Common Core Subject (Number at Level 2)


Assessment is both formal (graded) and informal with an emphasis on continuous assessment and coursework to include essays, presentations, case studies, scientific reports, practical work and a research project.

Awarding body

Open College Network West Midlands


Fees: 3384.00

Fees Advanced Learning Loan: 3384.00


Successful completion of this course will enable entry onto a relevant degree. (You are advised to check the specific entry requirements for the degree you wish to apply for in advance of applying for this course).

Additional information

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

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

Duration and Times

Start date: 13/09/2021

End date: 16/06/2022

Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm

Days of week: M W Th

Number of Weeks: 33

Weekly hours: 13.00

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