Health & Social Care

Access to Higher Education - Nursing and Allied Health Professions - J004

12 Quays Full Time Level 3 Duration 36 weeks

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This course is a preparation for entry to a degree or Higher Diploma course in health care including Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedics, Operations Dept Practitioner, Occupational Therapy and other related health care professions.

Course Details

Four modules are studied, these are:

  • Human Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Health Studies

In addition a research project will be undertaken chosen from one of the subject areas. Credits are awarded for the Access course modules. To achieve the Access Diploma, you must gain all 60 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3. There are 20 units worth 3 credits each; 6 units of Biology, 4 of Psychology, 3 of Health Studies, 3 Sociology and 4 development units. 15 units are graded, while 5 must be passed but are not graded. The Access to HE Diploma is awarded by Openawards.org.

Entry Guidelines

This course is for students aged 19plus.

Relevant academic level 2 qualification e.g. Pre Access to Health or Science and GCSE English and maths at Grade 4/C or above or 4 GCSE's at Grade 4/C or above including English and maths.

Applicants need to have relevant health and social care work experience.

For Adult Nursing only, confirmation, in writing, from a university that they will accept Level 2 in English and Maths (discussed at interview).

Office use only. Non Standard 45a.
Assessment Method

Assessments is continuous with examinations, reports, essays, tests, assignments and presentations.

Additional Information

You need to be aware that to meet entry requirements for specific courses at Universities, you may need particular qualifications in addition to the Access qualification. For example, several courses require maths and English at grade 6/B or above and relevant work experience. You are advised to check the entry requirements for your intended degree course as soon as possible. When you attend your Access interview, you will be given the opportunity to discuss how any additional requirements could be met. Useful websites: UCAS-www.UCAS.com and NHS - www.nhscareers.nhs.uk

Where can I progress to?
Degree or Higher Diploma courses in health related subjects, such as Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedics etc. Obtaining the Access to HE Diploma in Nursing and Allied Health Professions does not guarantee entry into any HE course.

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Planned Timetable

Day Times Campus
Monday 13:00 — 16:00 Hamilton Campus
Friday 09:00 — 16:00 12 Quays Main Building

If you are aged 19 or over:

If you are aged 19+ and living in the Liverpool City Region (inc Wirral), many courses will be free. If you are aged 19+ and live outside the Liverpool City Region, this course may be free. Terms & conditions apply.

If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

Did you know that many of our courses are free for students aged 19 and above?

Find out if you are eligible for free funding here, or contact our student service team on 0151 551 7777.

If you are required to pay a fee you may be entitled to an Adult Learner Loan or other financial support. For more information on support available visit Bursaries and Loans. We also allow payment by instalments for some courses.

Fee : £3384.00

This is a full level 3 course

The fee quoted is for the academic year 22/23.

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