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Access to HE Diploma: Health

This is a one year course that gives you the necessary qualification to be able to apply for health related courses at degree level

36 Weeks
Theory & Practical

Course Info

This course provides you with a platform to progress to higher education upon achieving an overall pass and meeting the entry requirements and conditions of your prospective HE provider.  It is particularly suitable for learners who have been out of education and need to build skills and confidence before embarking on a degree. 

You will develop a wide range of skills, knowledge and abilities to support your transition into a degree. The learning and assessment will stretch you to develop the basis for starting a degree programme including academic writing, referencing, critical and evaluative thinking and reflective skills. You will also develop skills in group work as well as independent working skills.

Degree courses you can go on to study may include: Midwifery, Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Child Nursing, Podiatry, Paramedic, ODP, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Occupational Therapy and many others.

However, you need to be aware of the additional GCSE requirements that the universities may require in order to apply for one of these courses. It is strongly recommended that you check these requirements before applying for this course.

  • You will be provided access to MS Office 365. You can download this to your own PC or device for free. 
  • Throughout the course we will use a number of platforms including MS Office 365, Teams, Moodle, Pro Portal and Turnitin.
  • You will require a laptop, PC or tablet and access to Wifi at home.
  • We offer intensive support with university applications during the first 6 weeks of the course.


Your tutors provide an incredibly supportive learning environment to ensure that your individual needs are met and to support you to achieve on the course. 

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.

As the course is at Level 3 a high level of commitment is essential.

In addition to your work at college you will be required to undertake independent study and research for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Course Leader: Angela SmithBSc (Hons), MSc, MBPsShas worked in further education and higher education for many years, with extensive experience of teaching on Access to HE. She herself completed an Access to HE course in 2007, and moved on to complete her BSc in Criminological & Forensic Psychology / Psychology and Counselling from the University of Bolton. She now has an MSc in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Leicester, and with it a wealth of experience of what it takes to progress to and succeed at university. Currently undertaking a PhD, she remains an active lifelong learner as well as a teacher. 

Tutor: Abby Gilbert, BA (Hons) is the Curriculum Leader for Access to HE in the University Centre, overseeing the Access to HE provision across a range of courses. She has taught on the Access to HE Health for a number of years at the University Centre, and has extensive knowledge of Community Work, having undertaken her BA in Care, Community and Citizenship at UCLAN and previously worked for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and as a Project Worker for a local community charity. At the University Centre, she was a leading member of the team that developed and successfully validated the BA (Hons) in Community, Public Health and Social Care in 2016/17. 

Tutor: Lesley Larkin, BSc (Hons), MA, worked for many years in healthcare, as a staff nurse, a Health Visitor, a manager of a family assessment centre and a Senior Nurse in Child Protection. With nearly twenty years’ experience of teaching in various roles, and as an assessment associate with several awarding bodies for around 15 years, she has also been involved in developing new degree-level courses in Health in 2016/17. She has taught at the University Centre for 3 years, also lecturing on the HND Social and Community Work alongside the Access to HE diploma. She has an MA in Child Protection from the University of Huddersfield. 

Tutor and progress coach: Deborah Scaife, BA (Hons), has a dual role on the Access to HE programme as a part-time tutor and part-time progress coach. Deborah has a varied background including project management, delivering nationwide training for several charities and working as an independent trainer and consultant to schools, colleges and local authorities on many topics. With a wealth of experience in the university application process, she has a first class Honours degree in Community Development from the University of Bradford and gained her PGCE at Calderdale College. She is also a qualified NLP practitioner and has qualifications in counselling and mediation.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

An essential requirement is GCSE English Language at Grade C/4 or above or Functional Skills Level 2 equivalent.
You are recommended to have GCSE Maths Grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2 equivalent, however, this can be studied alongside the Access to HE Diploma.
You are highly advised to check, prior to enrolling, the entry requirements of any courses you wish to apply for at degree level.

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