Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Access to Higher Education: Health, Science Professions Level 3 Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts on Tuesday 3 September 2019 and will be completed in two years. You will study over two evenings per week, 5.45pm-9.00pm, Monday and Tuesday.

Entry requirements
  • You will need to be 19 when the course commences in September
  • You will need to have GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C or above and at least a grade D in science. Level 2 equivalents are not accepted for English and mathematics
  • Learners MUST provide certificate(s) of qualification(s) gained
  • All learners wishing to progress to university should have experience of vocational/voluntary work within their intended specialist area, prior to commencing the course
  • Prospective students will be required to attend an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme and will be required to demonstrate sufficient fluency in reading and writing English
You will achieve
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3 Health, Science Professions
  • You can achieve Level 3 credits validated by CAVA, which is a QAA recognized accreditation body. To achieve the Access to HE Diploma, you must achieve 60 credits.

Last updated: 5th August 2019

Course overview

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE course could be for you. This course is for those interested in a career in nursing or other health-related occupations such as Midwifery, radiography, physiotherapy and paramedical science.

Course content

You will be expected to carry out a substantial amount of self-study in your own time. There is a mixture of study methods employed on both programmes e.g. lectures, practical experiments, group workshops and discussions to stimulate your interest and enhance your learning.
The curriculum content comprises of:

  • Health: you will study different aspects of health and disease, explore alternative and complementary therapies and evaluate health care interventions
  • Psychology: you will explore the theoretical basis of human behaviour through study of child development, health psychology perspectives, social interaction and psychological disorders
  • Biology: to include the structure and function of human circulation and gas exchange, nutrition and digestion, human urinary system, coordination, cell transport; endocrine system, musculo-skeletal system, human sex and reproduction. (27 Credits available)
  • Study Skills (which underpin all of the subject units): academic writing skills, presentations, and exam techniques

How will I be assessed?

You will be continually assessed on this programme through a wide variety of course work e.g. an essay, a report, a presentation and/or group work. Although there is no formal examination end of module tests are used to collect some evidence needed for assessment.

What equipment will I need?

Stationery equipment will be required. Access to a computer/laptop, connection to the internet and printing facilities are highly recommended.

Where will I study?

Church Street Campus
Church Street
S70 2AN

What can I do next?

On completion of this programme, you could apply for training in a career such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy or other paramedical professions such as chiropody, laboratory technician, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedical science, operating department technician, cardiology or audiology. You could also apply for other degrees such as Social Work; Health and Community Studies; Psychology, Justice and Criminology.
Students wishing to apply to University are advised to contact the relevant admissions tutor to check that the course is acceptable as an entry qualification for the degree programme they wish to enter.

How much does the course cost?

Course Fees: £1,675 Per year

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Advanced Learner Loans

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



Contact the Information Unit

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Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.


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Access to Higher Education: Health, Science Professions Level 3 Part-time