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:
We are here to give you the support you will need to succeed.
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.
Modules* will include:
* Please note that modules may be subject to change.
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.
You will require an electronic device for word processing e.g. a laptop or a PC.
There are no additional costs involved.
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.
After studying Childcare at Derby College, Jane Finch was originally unable to follow her dream of gaining social work qualifications because she needed to support her family. But, nearly 20 years later, the mum-of-seven took the plunge and returned to College on an Access to Social Work course.
It paved the way for her to gain a degree from Nottingham Trent University and she now works for Derbyshire County Council as a Child Protection Social Worker, helping families make positive changes in their lives.
I was not in a position to continue my education as a teenager but I’m so glad that I have now pursued my dream of becoming a qualified social worker. When you return to education, you become hungry for more: my life and career are going from strength to strength since I went back to Derby College.