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Access to HE Diploma Nursing and Health Care

This course is ideal for anyone looking to pursue a future career within nursing and nursing related employments. The range of career opportunities in Nursing & Health science is hugely diverse and this Access course is designed specifically to meet the needs of adult learners in preparation for progression to higher education.


Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 22-FL3AC-NRS-1

    Start Date September

    How long is the course? 32 weeks

    What time does the course start? 9AM

    What time does the course end? 5PM

    When does the course run? Wed, Thurs & Fri

    How much does the course cost? Tuition fee £3,384 Certification fee £100 Materials fee £50 = Total fee £3,534

    Is this course eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan? Yes

    Examining Body OCNLR

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • What will I study and Learn?

    As part of the course you will study 4 mandatory units;

    1. Finding and Reading Information (Ungraded)

    2. Writing Standard English (Ungraded)

    3. Drug Calculations and Health Related Charts (Ungraded)

    4. The Role of the Health or Social Care Professional (Graded)

    You will also study 14 subject based units covering a range of subjects around your specialism, for example;

    Cell biology, biological molecules, ecology and evolution, human physiology, genetics , microbes and disease, ethical issues and extended project

    In addition there will be an opportunity to develop your level 2 Maths and English skills, study skills, academic practice and relevant IT skills.

    The broad range of disciplines and subjects covered on the course will allow you to develop the skills necessary for progression in the nursing and health science industry. The majority of students, on successful completion of all units, do progress to higher education courses, including university and/or employment.

    This is an intensive one-year programme and you will be expected to work hard on the course. Your life skills in time management, planning, prioritising and meeting deadlines will be key factors in ensuring success.

    The College works closely with a range of employers, many of whom can provide work experience as well as 'master classes.' The majority of our level 3, level 4 and level 5 students do progress into employment having successfully completed a period of study with us.

  • Are there any materials I need to bring to the sessions?

    Please ensure you are equipped to take notes in lessons. Any specialist equipment to be used in lessons will be provided by the college.

    Topic specific worksheets and handouts will be provided by the college. You will need to bring basic writing equipment e.g. notepads, pens, pencils, highlighters; a ruler and a calculator.

    Please ensure you are equipped to take notes in lessons. Any specialist equipment to be used in lessons will be provided by the college.

  • What is expected of me at this level?

    This is a fast-paced course and you will be expected to have good attendance and complete independent study outside of lessons. At the start of the course, you will be given a course calendar with a series of coursework submission dates which you will be asked to meet at regular intervals throughout the year.

  • Entry requirements 

    You will need GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or a Level 2 Functional skills English and maths qualification.

    Applicants with overseas qualifications will be invited for an assessment in English and Maths.

    Please check the entry criteria for your preferred university before applying.

  • What experience would help me be suitable for the course?

    No practical experience is required for the course; however a personal interest in the subject and some basic reading around the subject would be useful to give you a better understanding of the Health science industry. We would suggest that you look at the following texts;

    Advanced Biology (Human Biology) Paperback – 29 May 1997
    Authors: Mary Jones & Geoff Jones
    ISBN-13: 978-0521038034
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press (29 May 1997)

           Also some online biology textbooks:


  • How will I be taught?

    You will learn about your subjects in a variety of ways, including group work, independent research, taking part in discussions, visits, external speakers and live projects. You will expand both your technical and creative skills through practical projects and you will also be encouraged to develop your study skills, including research, analysis and presentation of your creative thinking process. You will have access to practical workshops and art studios as well as classroom-based activities and computer rooms.

  • How will I be assessed?

    There is no examination. You will be assessed for each unit through assignments and coursework. The grading on the course is mainly at level 3 (GCE Advanced level).

  • What qualification will I get?

    On successful completion of 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 or 3, you will be awarded the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing.

  • What skills will I gain as a result of doing the course?

    The course will prepare you for Higher Education course and interview. It will also help you develop your study skills and employability skills alongside a range of specialist skills including:

    • Practical skills
    • Analytical and evaluative skills
    • IT skills
    • Writing in a scientific style
    • Drug dose calculations
  • What can the course lead to?

    An access qualification is recognised by universities and other institutions providing higher education courses as an entry requirement. The successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to higher education to study for a degree or professional qualification within Science and Health Science. You will be supported through the UCAS process and guided towards selecting the appropriate course.

    The course will prepare you for a wide range of nursing and health-related careers.

  • How do I join the course?

    Please complete and submit an application by clicking the 'apply' button at the top of the page. After submitting an application form, you will have an initial assessment to assess your suitability for the course and invited for an interview. At the interview you will be required to show evidence of relevant skills (eg any certificates) and a strong commitment to study.

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