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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Professions

This intensive one-year Access to HE course is designed for adult students (aged 19+) who are considering a future career as a nurse or midwife or in related healthcare fields. Equivalent to three A-levels, it is accepted for entry to many university degrees.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Access to Higher Education
Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 34
Hours: 16.00
Start: 12/09/2022
Tuition: £3384
Adult Loan Amount: £3384
Distance Learning

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/access-to-higher-education-diploma-health-professions-2
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Course Information for Students

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 34 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.

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.

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.

Modules* will include:

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

* Please note modules may be subject to change.

This course will be delivered online.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods: practical work, group presentations, poster presentations, reports, essay writing and exams.  

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

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

There are no additional costs involved.

While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations, poster presentations and exams (practical and theory). All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.

This course provides the ideal platform for applying for university courses in nursing and midwifery at the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University, Leicester University and De Montfort University. 

There is 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 higher education course: this will depend upon learners meeting conditions set by individual universities for specific degrees.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Dental Nurses

£16458

Dental Nurses

Nurses

£30507

Nurses

Midwives

£28159

Midwives

Paramedics

£39313

Paramedics

Health Professionals n.e.c.

£34498

Health Professionals n.e.c.

Ambulance Staff (Excluding Paramedics)

£20411

Ambulance Staff (Excluding Paramedics)

Medical Radiographers

£32758

Medical Radiographers

Biological Scientists and Biochemists

£34117

Biological Scientists and Biochemists

Health Services and Public Health Managers and Directors

£51393

Health Services and Public Health Managers and Directors

Health Care Practice Managers

£33357

Health Care Practice Managers

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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Course Information Last Updated On: May 23, 2022 2:18 pm