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Access to HE Diploma: Health

Access to HE

A one year course designed to give students the necessary qualifications to be able to apply for health related courses at university. Courses would include: midwifery, adult nursing, mental health nursing, child nursing, podiatry, paramedic, ODP, physiotherapy, radiography, occupational therapy and many others. However students need to be aware of the additional GCSE requirements that the universities may require in order to apply for one of these course. It is strongly recommended that students check these requirements before applying for Access.


The course itself includes 21 credits of Anatomy and Physiology and also includes units in Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Values and Care Based Practice, English Language and an Access Project. It can provide you with a wealth of knowledge that will enable you to confidently apply for a university place, and will prepare you for the study demands of a higher education course.

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A variety of teaching methods used including taught sessions, group and individual research and self-directed study

Course Leader profile

Claire Lowe & Abigail Gilbert

Claire Lowe:

On leaving school I completed my teacher training certificate in Home Economics with Applied Science at Newcastle upon Tyne. I worked in the hotel industry and industrial catering for over 20 years. needing a change of direction I trained with independently with Microsoft and gained System Support Engineer status and then I returned to Calderdale College to update my teaching skills. I have undertaken Maths enhancement training as well as standardisation and assessment training. I have worked on the Access course for 12 years covering the Science modules and also IT and Maths when required. My motivation comes from seeing students successfully gain a place at university to study the course that will ultimately change their lives.

Abigail Gilbert:

I was a community project worker for a number of years and this has given me extensive knowledge of the social policy around health and social care, particularly in the voluntary and community sectors. As a trained researcher, I have worked on a number of projects for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. I have achieved a BA Hons in Care, Community and Citizenship as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I have been teaching Access to HE Health for over 4 years and thoroughly enjoy being part of the Access team at Calderdale College as we all strive to ensure all of our learners get the best quality teaching at all times.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must have GCSE English and GCSE Maths at grade C or grade 4 or above before they start the Access course. GCSE Science at grade C or above or grade 4 is preferable but not essential.

Interview Process

Interview with a specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

Variety of assessment methods used including exams, written assignments, presentations, displays, posters etc.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Progression would normally be on to university to study the health related degree of your choice

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Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 12 hours (September)
  • Days: Mon - Wed or Wed - Fri
  • Start Time: 9.30 am or twilight sessions Mon-Wed only (4.00 pm)
  • End Time: 2.30 pm or twilight sessions Mon-Wed only (8.00 pm)
  • Duration: 36 weeks
  • Course Fees: Please contact Advice & Guidance on 01422 399367 for advice 19 – 23 funding available. Adult Learning loan available. Contact Advice & Guidance for more information
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker


  • Level: Access to HE, Level 3
  • Qualification Name: Access to Higher Education
  • Awarding Body: One Awards

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