Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health), Level 3

Course overview

Do you dream of becoming a nurse or midwife? Or are you thinking of working for the National Health Service? Could you see yourself working as an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Paramedic? Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your dreams and succeed in higher education.

Taught at both our Redditch and Worcester campuses, Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) is one of our most popular diplomas, that attracts students who wish to enter the healthcare profession, either as a nurse (adult, children’s, mental health or learning disabilities), a midwife, a paramedic or one of the other healthcare professions such as occupational therapy or physiotherapy.

In addition students are assisted with their applications to university and often gruelling interview requirements to gain a place at university and to date, we have been extremely successful at supporting such students to gain places both at local universities such as Birmingham City University and University of Worcester as well as further afield.

You will need a strong understanding of work within the caring professions in order to be successful in gaining entry to university, so we advise students who do not already work in care to gain experience in fields such as voluntary work with vulnerable children/adults, or paid work in domiciliary care or nursing homes prior to starting the Access to Higher Education course. 

Students wishing to progress to midwifery will need to be extremely determined and also innovative in gaining relevant experience within this field. Shadowing midwives, volunteering on labour wards, attending NCT pregnancy advice classes, and joining breast feeding support groups feature among the ways that previous students have ensured that they are able to demonstrate a wide ranging knowledge of their future career at university interviews. 

Upon completion of the course, you will be fully qualified to apply for a nursing or midwifery course at a higher education establishment in the UK.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from adults wish to move into higher education, regardless of age.  You must have either GCSE English language/English or GCSE maths at C grade or above. If you do not have these you will be asked to complete diagnostic tests lasting up to two hours to enable us to consider your suitability for our part- time Access to Higher Education (Foundation) course which focuses precisely on the development of maths, English, IT and study skills to enable you to successfully complete the Access to Higher Education course. You will also be asked to attend an interview where you will have the opportunity to discuss your options and decide on the most suitable course. 

How will I be assessed?

You will learn through a combination of tutor-led sessions, class discussions, presentations and group work. You will also have the opportunity to experience a formal examination setting to help prepare you for exams in higher education

What can I do next

With your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health), you will be qualified to apply to a university degree in a health-related subject, including the healthcare profession, either as a nurse (adult, children’s, mental health or learning disabilities), a midwife, a paramedic or one of the other healthcare professions such as occupational therapy, speech and language therapy or physiotherapy. 

Course Modules

- Health Studies
- Human Biology
- Psychology
- Sociology

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Start Date
September 2018

Qualifications / Level
Level 3

Study Types
Full Time
Part Time

Part-Time Days
Various

Locations
All Saints' Worcester
Osprey House Redditch

Course Code
HLT-AH3