Access to HE Health Professions

This is a level 3 qualification that enables you to apply for allied health professions or health and social care related courses including degrees, higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships.

1 year
2 days or 2 evenings per week

Entry Requirements: GCSE English Language at Grade C/4 or above or a Functional Skills Level 2 equivalent. Recommended: GCSE Maths Grade C/4 or Functional Skills Maths Level 2.

Course Info

Access to HE- Health

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.  


In addition to your timetabled classes it is recommended that you undertake independent study and research for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

The teaching team is made up of a group of expert tutors with a great deal of vocational and academic experience. There is a high level of commitment and dedication to all students in their ongoing journey of lifelong learning. Tutors provide an incredibly supportive learning environment to ensure that your individual needs are met and to support you to achieve on the course.  

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: 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 Foundation Degree in Community, Public Health and Social Care 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.

Tutor: Bally Kaur, BSc (Hons) has been teaching for nearly a decade on Access to HE. She graduated in 2010 with a BSc in Psychology and Health Studies from the University of Huddersfield and completed her PGCE soon after. Since then she been successfully leading the University Centre’s Access to HE Social Sciences course, and is an established member of the University Centre team, with an impressive track record of supporting students to progress to degree courses. Her previous work has included working as an interpreter alongside the West Yorkshire Police and volunteering at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. 

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.

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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