What do I learn?
This is an intensive course covering health studies, psychology and human biology. There is also a toolkit/study skills module. The course is designed for adult learners who have the relevant work experience but lack the academic qualifications to progress to university.
The course is modular and is taught through a combination of lectures group work and independent learning activities.
What do I gain?
The course is taught by experienced subject specialists. You will have access to our learning resource centre and support with your university application. With hard work commitment and determination you will gain an Access to Higher Education Diploma.
What do I need?
To apply for a place on the Access to HE course, there are no requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications. However, applicants are required to sit an initial maths and English assessment to determine if their level of literacy and numeracy is sufficiently high to cope with a Level 3 course.
The outcome of this might be that an applicant is advised to complete maths and/or English at GCSE before being considered for the Access course.
On the other hand, if an applicant scores well on the initial test, it is possible to do maths and/or English alongside the Access diploma, but it should be noted here that this is a substantial workload.
What can I do next?
Past students have moved onto degrees in Nursing, Midwifery and other health related courses. The Access course also develops your employability skills.
What else do I need to know?
The Access diploma DOES NOT top up UCAS points. It is a stand-alone qualification for which you receive credits.
There are three parts to the process of application. Firstly, you will be invited in for the initial assessments. This consists of two tests lasting twenty minutes. If you achieve the score required by the department to be considered for a place, then the next step is to be invited in for interview.
Lastly, if successful at the interview stage, you will be asked to come into college to participate in a two hour workshop. In this session, you will be monitored to see how you operate in a classroom environment. Importantly, it is also a chance for you to see if you would be happy learning with us.