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Access to HE Diploma (Nursing and Healthcare Professions) - Level 3


You will study a number of different modules which will be made up of mandatory subjects. You will also undertake a number of core academic subjects that are designed to prepare you for the demands of higher level study. These are common to all Access pathways, with an emphasis on critical thinking, the techniques of written and spoken presentation and research skills.

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Entry requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years of age to enrol on an Access to HE course.
  • You must have two GCSEs at grade C (4 points) or above in maths, English and science. We will accept BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science at Merit.
  • Applicants are strongly advised to complete a work placement before joining the course
  • If an applicant has one of the entry requirements they will be considered but will be subject to diagnostic assessments.

The above entry requirements are subject to the programme being revalidated by CAVA and may change.

Don’t have the entry requirements for an Access to HE course? Why not consider the Pre-Access to HE course?

This course will provide you with the entry requirements to progress onto an Access to HE course of your choice. The Pre-Access course provides GCSE English and GCSE maths plus a wrap-around qualification featuring research skills, revision techniques, advice on applying to university and work experience. This course is ideal for those who are returning to education with the view to progress to university. 

The fee for the course is £480 however this is income assessed and subject to change.

If you are interested in the Pre-Access course, please email

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19
Sep 20191 yr(s)1053A1001FREE* to £3384.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan is a new scheme introduced by the government to help mature learners study for qualifications that will improve their employability and develop high level skills and knowledge.

Loans are specifically designed for those aged 19 and over, who are intending to study on a Level 3 or higher course – including Access to HE diplomas.

Best of all, if you successfully go on to complete an HE qualification following an Access to HE course – you won’t even have to pay the loan back.

It’s easy to apply! To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information, see the Advanced Learner Loan page.

How long is the course?

Our Access to HE courses can be studied within one academic year – up to 450 hours of class time.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on the assignments which are set regularly throughout the course. Some of these assignments will be completed under exam conditions but most will be completed in your own time.

What does the course lead to?

There are a range of nursing training courses available to progress onto including:

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (choice of adult, child or mental health specialisms)
  • Midwifery

What will I study?

You will study a range of modules as list below:

  • Study skills
  • Maths (Level 2)
  • Individual research project in biology
  • Human biology
  • General biology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

How do I apply?

You can complete an online application form or contact the college for an application form to be posted to you.

All students must be interviewed before starting the programme.

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