« Go Back

Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Professions - REMOTE LEARNING Apply Now »

Course Image
Level: 3

Location: Remote 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 and a grade C (4) in Maths. Some previous knowledge in Biology would be advantageous.

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.


Did you find the course information on this page useful?


* 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.

Christopher Cooke

Christopher Cooke

Former access student about to embark on adult nursing degree

Former Derby College access to nursing student Christopher Cooke is looking forward to starting a degree in adult nursing this September. Christopher, who is 32 and from Nottingham, has a place on the full-time degree course at Nottingham Trent University.
His degree will focus on general nursing training but once qualified Christopher would quite like to specialise in HIV and sexual health.
He has previously volunteered with the Terrence Higgins Trust and it is an area of healthcare which particularly interests him. Christopher chose Derby College because he liked its access course best and was impressed with the engaging course content and high standard of teaching.
He also received an advanced learner loan to help with the cost of his studies. Commenting on his choice of career Christopher said:

Nursing matches my skills set and the values I take from it. Completing the access course has enabled me to pursue my new career and I'd highly
recommend Derby College to others interested in going into nursing."


Go to top