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Level: 3

Location: Distance Learning

Years: 1

Weeks: 35

Hours: 12.00

Start: 09/09/2020

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 3384.00*

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 12 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 written feedback
  • 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 Science (ideally Biology).

Applicants who have not achieved English and Maths GCSE recently will have to undertake an English and maths assessment online.

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.


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.

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.

Louise Alberts

Louise Alberts

Hospital matron Louise owes nursing career to Derby College

Derby hospital matron Louise Alberts is responsible for overseeing nine wards specialising in acute medicine for older people.  
It's a challenging role in a profession she loves – but without Derby College Louise is convinced she would never have been able to pursue a career in nursing.  
A mum to four girls, Louise had previously worked in sales and didn't take the College's Access to Nursing course until she was in her mid-thirties. Louise's decision to train as a nurse came after she had twins. As they grew older, she realised that she didn't want to go back into sales, so she started looking for a new career.  
Nottingham University directed her to Derby College's Access to Nursing course, which, she found, fitted in perfectly with school hours.  
After completing her access course, Louise went on to take her nursing degree at Nottingham University's Derby campus.  
She worked as a staff nurse, then junior and senior sister at London Road Community Hospital before being seconded to the role of matron in Derby City's community services.  
Two-and-a-half years ago she became permanent matron for acute medicine for older people. Louise said: "I've stayed in touch with a lot of the people I studied with at college and then at university.
"Sometimes we have staff who have started at an entry level post in the NHS but who aspire to become a registered nurse. I'm a huge advocate of the Access course so I always direct them to Derby College."

When I enrolled in 2004, I had been out of education for a long time.

It had been years since I'd taken my GCSEs, so it was effectively like starting from the beginning.

Academic writing is a specific skill and without the Access course I wouldn't have had what it takes to go on to university and study for my nursing degree.


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