Access to HE Health Professions ONLINE

Diploma – AIM
Study Area: 19+
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Online

Course Overview

The Access to HE Diploma is equivalent to studying three A Levels and supports students in developing the academic knowledge and skills required to begin their journey in to Higher Education. It is important to note that an Access to HE Diploma is a challenging and intense course and students need to be highly motivated, dedicated and have a positive attitude to learning in order to succeed.

Whilst studying the Access to HE Diploma (Health) you will complete units which may include:

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

In addition to these subject specific modules, the course includes developmental units to support you in developing your academic skills in preparation for university.

When applying to university, we will support you with completing your UCAS application, personal statement and we will provide you with an academic reference. It is important to note that successfully completing your Access to HE Diploma does not guarantee you a place at university. While most universities accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas, it is your own responsibility to check that your UCAS application meets the current entry requirements for your university course choices.

This course is for you if you don’t have A-levels or the Level 3 qualification that you need to progress to higher education. It is particularly suitable if you have been out of education for a while and need to build your skills and confidence before doing a degree. 

The Access to HE Diploma will support you to develop a range of essential and transferable skills in academic writing, literacy, critical and evaluative thinking, problem solving, research and reflective thinking. You will develop new knowledge and boost your confidence, preparing you for the next stage in your academic journey. 

The course provides you with 60 credits at Level 3. You can gain Distinction, Merit or Pass for 45 credits while 15 credits are ungraded. The credits you gain amount to a certain number of UCAS points on the UCAS Tariff 

Start Date

September 2024 onwards

We also offer a 12 month18 Month (November Start) and Fast-track (January Start) delivery of this course

All undertaken at Calderdale College Campus

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

GCSE English Language at Grade C/4 or above or a Functional Skills Level 2 equivalent. You are also recommended to have GCSE Maths Grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2, however you may undertake GCSE Maths/Functional Skills Maths alongside the Access to HE Diploma.

All applicants will have opportunity to discuss their application during an interview with one of the tutors, where any questions about the course can be answered.

Applicants who are  aged 18 will be considered based on interview

You are highly advised to check, prior to enrolling, the entry requirements of any courses you wish to apply for at degree level.


Progression opportunities at the University Centre: 

Early Years Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree Community, Public Health and Social Care

HNC Counselling and Applied Psychology

Progression to other HE providers: 

Degree programmes in Midwifery, Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Child Nursing, Podiatry, Paramedic, ODP, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Occupational Therapy and many others.

Assessment Methods

Work is assessed throughout the course via a variety of methods such as assignments and portfolio.

Course Fees

Tuition Fee: £3,380

Registration Fee: £200

An Advanced Learner Loan is available to cover the cost of the Tuition Fee on this course. The Registration Fee is a separate fee, which you may not need to pay depending on your circumstances. Advice will be given about this during enrolment.

When you complete a HE qualification the Advanced Learner Loan is written off and you will not need to repay it.

Please contact Advice & Guidance for more information on 01422 399367 or see the Finance and Funding page.

For some health degree programmes, you may be eligible to receive £5000 (or more) in grant funding through the NHS Learning Support Fund

Awarding Body

This diploma is validated by Aim Awards.

Access to HE Health Professions ONLINE

Study Area: 19+
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Online
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