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Level: 3

Location: Distance Learning

Years: 1

Weeks: 35

Hours: 12.00

Start: 09/09/2019

Days / Times: Various 00:00 to 00:00

Tuition (£): 3384.00*

24+ 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, radiography, 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 should have a strong GCSE grade profile and must have at least a grade 4 (or equivalent) in GCSE English, Maths and 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, radiography, 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.

Gerald Namwaza

Gerald Namwaza

Access - ideal foundation for nursing degree

Taking Derby College's Access to Learning course has proved to be the ideal preparation for nursing undergraduate Gerald Nimwaza. Gerald, a former teacher who came to Britain from Malawi in 2008, is currently studying at De Montfort University in Leicester and looking forward to a fulfilling career in mental health nursing. However, without the financial support available through the adult learner loan, Gerald doubts he would now be studying for his degree. Gerald gained his NVQ2 and 3 in Health and Social Care via the college while working as a care assistant at a care home in Derby. And he believes what he learned at Derby College has been highly beneficial to his degree, which he completes next summer. Gerald, who regards nursing as a calling rather than simply a career choice, is thoroughly enjoying his degree course. He likes the way in which it makes him challenge his own values, explore how he connects with other people and look at how he uses his interpersonal, human skills in his nursing. His story, he says, shows it's never too late to change career direction and Derby College has helped make that possible.

He said: "Being eligible for the adult learner loan was massively important. Without it I don't think I would have been able to enrol on my college course and pursue my nursing training."

He added: "It was clear from the outset that the Access course was a good foundation for the academic demands of nurse training. I had a wonderful maths teacher and I'm thankful to all the lecturers who helped me throughout my course. One Derby College tutor told me to always be critical when writing and it's good advice which I constantly keep in mind on my degree course."


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