Access to HE (Nursing & Healthcare Professions)

Qualification: LASER
Level 3

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About this course

Our Access to Higher Education 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.

If you want to go to University to study courses that relate to Health professions such as adult or children’s nursing or midwifery this course is suitable for you.

You have the option to study this course full or part-time. To study full-time you will need to attend college Tuesday and Thursday or Monday and Friday all day each week. To study part-time you would need to attend college Tuesday and Wednesday evenings each week.

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. If you would prefer to take the course over two years, then you may consider doing the Introduction to Access in year one and the Diploma in Year two. 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.

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.

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 (Literacy and Numeracy Level 2 is no longer suitable)
  • 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 at the College 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
10/09/19 09:15 - 17:00 (Tue & Thu) 1 year Main campus £3,200* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learner Loan)
10/09/19 17:00 - 21:00 (Tue & Wed) 1 year Main campus £3,200* (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.