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Healthcare Professions – Access to Higher Education Diploma (Online)

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The Access to HE Diploma is designed for students who have not gained the traditional ‘A’level ‘T’ Level  or BTEC entry qualifications for university. 

It is ideal for students who have been out of education for an amount of time or are planning a career change.

Key academic skills such as academic writing, referencing, research skills, evaluation and critical analysis are taught in preparation for the demands of university.

You will study a variety of units that cover health, psychology, sociology, health studies and study skills. Additionally, you will carry out your own small research project in an area related to your intended career path.

What will I do?

You will study four modules:


  • Development of Social Welfare
  • Poverty and Housing
  • Social Policy

Health Studies

  • Developing Professional Practice in Healthcare
  • Health Promotion
  • Introduction to Safeguarding


  • Cardiopulmonary System
  • Disease and Body Defence
  • Homeostasis for Healthcare
  • The Musculoskeletal System

Further skills

  • Communicating through speaking and listening
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Application of numbers using calculation
  • Application of numbers using data interpretation

What’s next?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma Pathways are ideal if you are aged over 19 and wish to study at degree level at University. By successfully completing a relevant Pathway, you will be able to apply to study a relevant subject at your chosen University. It is advised that you check entry requirements for your preferred university. International students who are applying for Access courses in order to enter the nursing profession should be aware that they required to meet specific three-year residency criteria to be able to progress to Higher Education courses.

Is it for me?

Please note: This course is for students aged 19 when the course begins who wish to progress onto Higher Education.

Each of the Pathways on offer allows you the opportunity to specialise in a particular field and progress into higher education study. For example, by gaining an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Sciences), you could go on to study for a degree in Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy. Please note, the Access to Higher Education Diploma will give you the opportunity to apply to a wide range of university courses and it is vital that you check all the required entry qualifications for your chosen degree course programme.

Entry Requirements

You are required to hold a GCSE English and a GCSE maths qualification @ grade 4/C or above to join this course. Entry will be dependent upon a review of previous qualifications in addition to a literacy and numeracy assessment undertaken at interview. You will also be required to complete a pre course questionnaire.

Entry will be dependent upon a review of previous qualifications in addition to a literacy assessment undertaken prior to interview. It is strongly advised to complete a Distance Learning Programme prior to commencing this programme of study. Tutors will be able to advise at interview.

Course Information

  1. Healthcare Professions – Access to Higher Education Diploma (Online)



    25 Sep 2024


    24 Jul 2025


    9 Months




    17:30 – 21:30


    Off Site Activity

    • FEES

    • 19 – 23


    • 24+


    • Overseas



A variety of assessments will be undertaken by students including essay, report, oral presentation, workbook, case study, exam and research project.


Written feedback is provided for each assignment, with attainment level and advice on how to improve further. Personal academic progress can be followed by students through college Promonitor system. Students will have regular one to one progress reviews with appointed tutor


Students will attend online lessons each Thursday from 5.30 – 9.30 and one Saturday a month for lessons. Independent study is also required at home. It is recommended that students should set aside at least 10-15 hours per week of self-study time.

How can I pay for my course?

There are a variety of ways in which you can get help with fees and funding while studying. Get advice on applying for funding and assessing your eligibility for financial aid here.

This course attracts funding for eligible students, so please check with the admissions team about your own circumstances. 

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