Access to HE Diploma - Health & Human Sciences

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The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification which prepares students to study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to Health & Human Sciences course could be for you.


The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health & Human Sciences is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people to study for Nursing, Midwifery or a Health related degree in the future. It is designed for: adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career. Learners offered a place on the Access programme will take Subject Specific Modules alongside Academic Study Skills with an additional tutorial each week making a total of 15 hours contact time. Independent study time per week will be necessary.


The programme is fast moving, exciting and demanding with rigorous assessment. It is also highly rewarding and offers a great opportunity to succeed.

Course Content

You will receive the Access to Higher Education QAA Recognised Diploma. The qualification has a credit value of 60 credits. It is a Level 3 qualification, although some units within it may be set at Level 2.


You will study:

  • 18 Credits in Academic Study Skills
  • 21 Credits in Human Biology
  • 9 Credits in Sociology of Health
  • 9 Credits in Health Studies
  • 3 Credits in Nutrition


In addition to the mandatory unit Human Biology other units may include:

Human Biology may include;

  • Cells
  • The Blood
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Endocrine System


Academic Study Skills may include;

  • Reading and Comprehension of Texts
  • Report Writing
  • Writing Standard English
  • Finding and Reading Information
  • Essay Writing
  • Preparing for the Professional Skills Tests - Literacy and Numeracy Skill Development


Module options are changed annually and some options may not be available.

Entry Requirements

The requirements considered essential for this programme include:

GCSE grade A - C or Functional Skills Level 1 Maths and Level 2 English


Appreciation of the demands of the course including maturity and motivation to follow an intensive programme.


Before applying for the course you should research universities and be aware of their individual entry requirements; for instance, entrants to degree courses in Social Work are required to have GCSE Science, Maths and English at Grade C or above. Many universities stipulate that you must have achieved GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above in order to obtain a place, that is when you apply via UCAS.

We expect to provide an opportunity to study Maths GCSE alongside the Diploma for those students whose Maths skills fall just below the Grade C standard at GCSE. All students study English as part of their programme; for those who specifically require English GCSE, early enrolment onto the evening GCSE course is advisable as it will not be provided as part of the course


This programme is appropriate for all mature adults who are 19+, and wish to join a degree programme or equivalent course, but may be lacking the necessary qualifications or may need preparatory study to boost their confidence. This programme is suitable for those who:


  • Have been out of education for longer than a year
  • Have no qualifications to date but show ability
  • Students who want to change subject area having already gained a BTEC or GCSEs
  • Students who cannot find suitable A Level courses


The Access programme is designed to suit a wide range of individual needs. Flexibility has always been a key feature and we work with each student to plan an individual programme.


1 year
15 contact hours per week


Career Opportunities: Degree Level courses in Midwifery or alternative Health Related Courses followed by careers in the Health Sector.

Further Study Opportunities: Foundation Degree in Health.

Other Information

If you are 24 or over, you may be eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. The loan you take out for your Access to HE Diploma will be written off once you have completed a Higher Education course. You can apply through college or directly to the Student Loans Company.


If you are between 19 and 23, you may be eligible for some funding if this is your first full level 3 qualification. Please talk to our Admissions Team about funding and course costs on 020 8544 4501 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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