Access to HE (Nursing & Healthcare Professions)

Qualification: LASER
Level 3

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About this course

Access to HE courses are designed for adults who want to enter Higher Education but may not have the usual qualifications such as A-Levels. They are accredited through LASER Learning Awards and will help you develop the skills you need to prepare for university.

On our Access to Nursing and Healthcare pathway you will benefit from studying a range of subjects which will prepare you to progress on to a broad selection of Nursing and Health related degree programmes at University.

Learners that have taken this pathway in the past have progressed to study degrees in subjects such as General Nursing, Physiotherapy, Paramedic, Operating Department practitioner, Mental Health Nurse, and Midwifery. 

We have an excellent track record of supporting learners into their first choice University and you will receive specialist guidance on completing a successful UCAS application and developing academic study skills alongside your specialist subjects to ensure that you are fully prepared to get a great degree. 

You will benefit from studying alongside other students who are also motivated to reach their goals and an Access course team who are specialists in their fields and experienced in helping adult learners to succeed.

This is an intensive course with an extensive workload and therefore will require commitment and time outside of the course time for research and completing the assignments. You will also need to have some work experience in the field that you want to go into, as this will be important when applying for UCAS at the beginning of your course.

Financial Support

If this is your first Level 3 qualification, you may be entitled to all of your fees being paid. If you're aged 19 or over and take out a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to fund your Access to HE Diploma, then go on to successfully complete your degree or subsequent higher education course, the Government will pay the loan that covered your Access course. Please be aware if you do not complete the course, you will still be liable to pay the full course fees. A deposit will be required at the start of the course if you are applying for a loan, but this will be returned when your loan is finalised.

If you are aged 19 or over and are starting a further education course at level 3 or above, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. This course is eligible for a 19+ Loan – for more information on how to apply click here.

Covid-19 guidance for Higher Education students: Our plans for teaching students starting in September 2020 has been created with the most up to date information and Government guidance provided to us.

You can read more about this in our Covid-19 Statement for HE students here.


What you will learn

You will study units such as:

  • Biology
  • Health studies
  • Human development
  • Psychology

You will also study Critical Thinking, undertake a research project which will also be presented to peers, develop ICT presentational skills and become confident with Harvard referencing. Help will be given in writing your statement when applying to UCAS. There will be a considerable amount of self-study and research in your own time, so time management will be essential for a timely completion of assignments.


The course is assessed through your final portfolio. Within each unit there are a number of assessment methods including:

  • Oral presentations
  • Report writing
  • Essays
  • Short answer questions

The minimum requirement regardless of the day or evening attendance, is 60 credits at Level 3. Assignments at Level 3 are graded at pass, merit or distinction. You will be taught presentational skills on the course, so don't worry if these are not fully developed yet.

Entry requirements
  • GCSE English and Maths grade A*-C/9-4 (Functional Skills Literacy and Numeracy Level 2 accepted as an equivalent)
  • GCSE Biology or Science at grade A*-C/9-4 if you are wanting to study nursing or midwifery
  • A good command of ICT skills (most assignments will need to be typewritten)
  • Aged 18 or over (preferably 19 or over)
  • Prior or current work experience in a healthcare setting
  • It is preferable that applicants are over the age of 19
  • You will be required to attend an interview prior to enrolling onto the course
  • To prepare for your interview, you must bring your GCSE Maths, Science & English certificates with you, and proof of ID if you intend to enrol

If English is not your first language and you have taken qualifications out of the UK, you will need to have the equivalence checked by NARIC. A good command of English language (IELTS 7.0) is required.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
14/09/20 09:15 - 16:30 (Mon & Tue) 1 year Main campus £3,350* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learner Loan)
15/09/20 16:00 - 21:00 (Tue & Wed) 1 year Main campus £3,350* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learner Loan)
What next?

Students are expected to progress onto Higher Education, in particular courses within the fields of the Health Professions, such as midwifery, physiotherapy, nursing, and health care. However, we cannot guarantee you will get a university place, although our success is 85% for successful progression for those wanting to progress immediately.

Additional information

Universities will ask for a report on your attendance - so it will be important to ensure you will be able to commit to at least 90% attendance. 

In exceptional circumstances it might be possible for you to undertake GCSE in either English or mathematics alongside your Access programme depending on your future Degree choice and entrance requirements. This will be discussed with you at interview.

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