Access to Higher Education-Health (evening) Level 3

Part Time 
1 Year 
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Course Cost 16-18

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You may be eligible to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan if you are  24 years of age, or over, on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies

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The tuition fee is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.
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About this course

The Access to HE Diploma (the Diploma) is a nationally recognised qualification with common requirements relating to the description of student achievement. The Diploma is a credit-based, graded qualification and requirements relate to both the award of credit and to the award of grades.

In order to obtain the full Access Diploma you will need to obtain 15 credits at level 2, these credits are obtained from common core units. In addition you will need to obtain 45 credits at level 3, obtained from pathway units.

This course can be be studied either as daytime or evening programme. Further information on attendance will be discussed at interview.

Start date - 12th May - Monday & Wednesday 5.00pm-9.00pm for 7 weeks.

Re-commence Tuesday 9th September - Tuesday & Wednesdays 5.00pm-9.00pm.

What do I need for this course?

You will need GCSE maths and English at grade C or above, you must also have relevant work experience (voluntary or paid) in the area in which you will progress on to at degree level.

Please note if you intend to continue onto University to study midwifery, you will need to hold GCSEs at grade C and above in maths and English Language, if you want to go into teaching you will require maths, English and science at the stated grade.  Motivation and commitment are essential.  You will attend a group interview here at the college, during the interview you will be asked to pass a written assessment in English and maths.  You must be over 19 years of age on or before 31 August to apply for this course.


Qualities and skills that you need for success on this course

If you have a humanities, social science, teaching, health or social care career in mind but do not currently have the necessary qualifications to pursue it, this programme will provide the qualification to progress to higher education.  You need to be motivated and committed with good orgnisational and time management skills.

Course modules

Health Pathway Units

  • Access project- 9 Credits
  • Biology- 9 Credits
  • Professional practice- 9 Credits
  • Health promotion- 9 Credits
  • Psychology- 9 Credits

Common Core Units

  • Select and use ICT for Access- 3 credits
  • Specialist and Bespoke Software- 3 credits
  • Spreadsheet Software for Access- 3 credits

Study Skills- 6 Credits

How will I learn?

Pathways are matched to your intended career destination. Modules are arranged in two semesters each academic year. All study is classroom based. Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, seminars and regular tutorial sessions.   


How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessments will be used to measure progress and achievement this includes theoretical assignments in the form of essays and reports, examinations and presentations.
All level 3 assessments that a student completes satisfactorily are subject to a grade. A grade is a  pass, merit or distinction.
Level 2 units are graded with a pass award only. 

What else do I need to know?

This course is a full time course that can be studied either in the day or evening.  Further information regarding times and dates for attendance will be discussed at interview. 

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey. You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.



What can I do after this course?


 You could progress to a wide variety of higher education programmes studying subjects such as health,social science, teaching, nursing and humanities.  Previous students have progressed to degrees in business and performing arts as well as health and social sciences degrees.


A variety of occupations in the health sector including nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, operating department practice, podiatry, social work and radiography.  Teaching, criminology, trading standards and business careers are also possible.

Lead Tutor

Elaine Allcock

The tuition fee is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies. If you are 19 or over tuition fees will apply. Help may be available with fees, please ask. Government funding may be available through apprenticeship schemes. For further information on apprenticeships phone 01325 503210 (Business Development).

This course information page is a general guide to the course and every effort is made to ensure complete accuracy. The college reserves the right to make changes to curricular content where appropriate. The information given in this course leaflet does not impose on the college any obligation to provide, or continue to provide any courses, modules, or amenities described. The college reserves the right to cease to run a programme if insufficient students enrol.

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