Access To Higher Ed: Nursing and Healthcare Professions

Our Nursing and Healthcare diploma prepares you for degree-level study in a variety of Health profession degree courses, including adult, child and mental health nursing; midwifery; paramedic science; physiotherapy; radiography; occupational therapy and other allied health professions. It is also suitable for potential veterinary nursing students. You will study a variety of biology and psychology based units, including Human Cardiopulmonary Systems, Reproductive Biology and Psychological research methods and while developing your Academic Study Skills.


Hastings (Ore)


Level 3

Course Type



Options Course Code Starts Ends Days From To Standard Fee
enquire apply 60857y1 09/01/23 22/12/23 Monday + Tuesday 09:30 16:30 £3384

What will I study?

Access to Higher Education courses are intensive courses for adult students aged 19+ who are intending to study for a degree at university but do not have the necessary entry requirements. (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions).

In the first semester the course provides you with units to develop your study, IT, data presentation and analysis skills, alongside introductory biology units.

Your scientific knowledge is then further developed in semesters two and three, providing you with a broad range of science based topics with a focus on health. Units include Cell Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Reproduction, Health and Disease, Medical Chemistry and Human Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems.

Our Nursing and Healthcare Professions pathway is designed for those who wish to progress onto nursing, midwifery, paramedic sciences, physiotherapy, biomedical science, radiography, occupational therapy and other health or science-related degree courses.

Each pathway is made up of: Core modules - designed to support you in developing skills which are vital for degree-level study, regardless of the subject. These skills include referencing, research skills, essay and report writing, and critical thinking.

Subject-specific modules - designed to ensure that your subject knowledge is at the required level for your chosen degree course.

We provide regular tutorials to offer academic and personal support and also offer help and guidance with UCAS applications and personal statement writing, along with university interview preparation.

Access is an intensive, challenging and demanding course Our Access courses are QAA approved and validated by LASER Learning Awards are Level 3 courses.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

GCSE English at grade C is required. GCSE Maths at grade C is desirable depending on the degree you wish to progress on to, but essential for applicants wishing to progress to teacher training degrees. All candidates are expected to attend a Taster Day before receiving a firm offer for a place on the Access course.

How will I be assessed?

As with all Access courses, we want to develop your confidence and ability to study independently. You will be assessed throughout the year with a variety of methods, including lab work, written reports, oral presentations, tests and essays There is NO end of year exam - you will gain grades gradually throughout the year and have the opportunity to retake assignments if they do not pass. In the last semester you will also complete an Independent Project on a subject of your own choice.

What qualification will I achieve?

You will achieved the Access to HE diploma (Nursing and Healthcare Professions). This is a level 3 course equivalent to 3 A levels.

What can I do after completing this course?

Students who have successfully completed this Diploma have progressed onto university.

Previous learners on this course have gone on to university studies in:


  • Adult Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Podiatry * Radiography
  • Paediatric Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Biomedical Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Zoology . Occupational therapy

Additional Info

There are two modes of delivery:

  1. September '22 start: 3 day a week course which runs in 'school run friendly' hours from 9.30 to 2.45. Ends June '22. (code 60500-01)

  2. January '23 start: 2 day a week course with longer days from 9.30 to 4.30. Ends Dec '23. (code 6085 Y1)

All candidates are expected to attend a taster assessment day before a formal course offer can be made. All candidates are advised to check entry requirements of the degree course they wish to progress on to before enrolling on the access diploma.