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Level: 3

Location: Distance Learning

Years: 1

Weeks: 34

Hours: 16.00

Start: 13/09/2021

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 3384.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Adult Loan Amount: 3384.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Online courses offer students the flexibility of studying from anywhere and at any time over the Internet. You can study from the comfort of home in your spare time. (Please note that you need to have a UK residential address to study this qualification). 

Our Access to Higher Education (HE) Diplomas are designed for students who are 19 plus and who don’t have the necessary qualifications to get into university. The Diploma gives you the opportunity to gain the required skills to apply to progress to your desired degree course. Our Access to HE Diplomas are equivalent to three A-levels. 

The Access to HE Health Professions online course has a strong emphasis on the skills required of workers in the health service. Our students go on to enjoy rewarding careers in nursing (adult, mental health, learning disability and child nursing), midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, paramedicine and many other science, health and social care professions.

Access to HE Diplomas ensure that you are well prepared for university study as well as future employment, so we deliver additional subjects covering study skills and academic writing.

You'll complete your Access modules over 35 weeks and you will need to allocate around 20 hours a week for self-directed study. You will benefit from:

  • Personal Tutor support with one-to-one online support
  • A dedicated team to support you through your studies
  • A virtual learning environment providing a large amount of resources to support your studies
  • A group forum to interact with other students
  • Detailed assignment feedback to inform improvement
  • Support with UCAS applications
  • An Access to HE Module Certificate when you complete your course.

We are here to give you the support you will need to succeed.


Entry requirements

All applicants will be interviewed via telephone or online to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. Should you wish, you may attend an open evening to discuss the course with the tutors. 

Applicants need to have at least a grade C (4) in GCSE English, Maths and Biology/Science.  Those who have not achieved this recently will have to undertake relevant assessments.

For those seeking to progress directly to midwifery, a strong GCSE profile - possibly with ‘AS’ Level study - along with substantial experience in the field of healthcare will be expected.

Whilst it is extremely advantageous to have some experience working in a relevant healthcare field prior to, or during, the course, the intensive nature of this course makes it unsuitable for study alongside full-time employment.

Course Content

Modules* will include:

  • Study Skills – Harvard referencing, academic writing, presentation skills and Information Technology (IT) for academic study
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Health Studies
  • Maths in a Health Care context

* Please note that modules may be subject to change.

How will I be assessed?

While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: essays, practical laboratory reports, scientific assessments, presentations, posters and open book exams.

All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will require an electronic device for word processing e.g. a laptop or a PC and access to the Internet.

There are no additional costs involved.

What can I do after this course?

This course provides the ideal platform for applying for university courses in nursing and midwifery. There is also potential for progression to careers centred on adult, mental health, learning disability and child nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and roles such as operating department practitioner. 

As with all qualifications, the award of the Diploma does not guarantee progression to a HE course: this will depend upon learners meeting conditions set by individual universities for specific degrees.


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

Cinzia Corleto

Cinzia Corleto

Career change Cinzia revels in ‘intense’ access course

An "intense" Derby College course is helping put former beauty salon worker Cinzia Corleto on the fast track to a dream job.
Cinzia Corleto, 26, has completed an Access to Teaching Higher Education Diploma after following her instincts to switch career to become a primary school teacher.
Now Cinzia, from Bilborough, has started a three year degree programme in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Derby. She then plans to go on to take her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to enable her to teach in primary schools.
Cinzia said one of the great things about the one year access course was that it speeds up the process of launching her new career rather than taking 'A' levels.
She said circumstances meant she moved around a lot as child and she wants to "give something back" by becoming a teacher.
Cinzia said her studies were stretching her and had boosted her confidence in standing up and addressing a group.
She said:

I loved the Access course. They told to me to expect the most intense year of my life - and they weren't wrong.

"The access course has sped things up for my career. I now have so much more confidence in standing up and talking to a group and I feel I am on the right track to fulfilling my dream of being a teacher.


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