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What's Involved

If you are an adult wishing to progress to higher education, then the Access to HE Diploma Health Professions has been designed for you to gain the necessary qualifications. This course is an academic course which will help mature students who may lack the educational background to update their academic skills and knowledge.

In order to achieve the Access Diploma, students have to achieve 60 credits; 45 of which are at level 3.

There are some mandatory subject units which include:

  • Meeting the needs of different client groups;
  • Principles of care;
  • Health & Social Care values.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English grade 4 (C) or above, a high standard of literacy will be required to successfully achieve the Diploma, so potential students will undertake a literacy assessment and written essay test to ascertain whether this course is appropriate for them. An interview will also take place. It is important to note that in order to progress to university, you will need to have achieved GCSE maths grade 4 (C) or above by the end of the course if you do not have this already.

Where will it take me?

The course may enable progression onto degrees in: Nursing; Midwifery; or Occupational Therapy.

Course Assessment Method

Teachers will invite you to join in group discussions. Your class work will involve you learning by speaking to others, watching videos, reading books and researching on the computer. You will be expected to complete additional research and assignments in your own time.

Mandatory core skills units at Level 3:

  • Independent research;
  • Academic skills / Study skills / Literacy skills;
  • Examination skills.

Mandatory core skills units at Level 2:

  • Numeracy / Maths;
  • ICT.

Where and When


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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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