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.
Course Information for Students
Who is this course for?
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.
What will you learn?
Modules* will include:
- Study skills – Harvard referencing, academic writing, presentation skills and Information Technology (IT) for academic studies
- Health Studies
- Maths in a Health Care context
* Please note modules may be subject to change.
How will you learn?
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.
What will you need to bring with you?
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.
How will you be assessed?
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.
Who do you contact for more information?
For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or email@example.com
Course Information for Employers
Information for Employers
This course could lead to one of these careers...
Health Professionals n.e.c.
Ambulance Staff (Excluding Paramedics)
Biological Scientists and Biochemists
Health Services and Public Health Managers and Directors
Health Care Practice Managers
DCG Success Stories
Hospital matron Louise owes nursing career 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.
Career as quantity surveyor inspires apprentice Maddie
There aren’t that many women in construction but a lot of work is underway to get more trainees in. I think it’s changing gradually – I hope so, I think women have a natural eye for detail.
A career in child protection
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.
Use our online application form to apply for this course.
Course Information Last Updated On: May 23, 2022 2:18 pm