Level 3 Access to HE Diploma Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Professions

Course Content

The Access to HE Diploma is a standard, nationwide qualification at Level 3, which is designed to enable learners from non-traditional educational backgrounds to go to University. The Diploma is made up of a number of units which result in a total of 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.

The Level 3 Nursing and Midwifery programme is available as daytime or evening study, requiring either 12.5 or 6 hours of teaching time respectively. Both programmes incorporate modules on Human Biology, Health Studies and Study Skills.

Modern nursing is no longer involved with just demonstrating conventional care skills, and also requires having a broad understanding of the social aspects of health such as education, wealth and lifestyle. To this end the programme has been designed in conjunction with input from local universities to provide you with a balanced course which gives you an excellent knowledge base on which to build when you move on to higher education. The units studied vary slightly according to whether the day or evening programme is being studied, but both routes cover core units in Human Biology and Health Studies

The Level 3 programme is very demanding and requires a substantial amount of home study. We recommend that you should be able to allocate about one hour of private study for every hour spent in college, and this will certainly assist your progress through your time at Tameside College.

Course Format

Full Time – Daytime

Part-Time - Evening

Entry Qualifications

Learners are required to have GCSEs at grade C or above in both English and Maths.

All learners must also be required to undertake an interview. Candidates will be expected to undertake some form of voluntary work, or to have work experience in an appropriate care environment in order to boost their university application.


Please note that successful award of the Access to HE Diploma does not provide guaranteed entry to UK HE programmes.

Progression from this programme allows you to move onto Adult, Paediatric or Mental Health Nursing degrees and Midwifery degree programmes, and in the past some students have also successfully moved into Occupational Therapy and Operating Department Practitioner roles. As a department we have a very good track record of our students gaining places and achieving success at local institutions, including Manchester, Manchester Met, Salford and Huddersfield universities.


For enquiries please contact the College on 0161 908 6789 or web: www.tameside.ac.uk/contact.

Course Details

£3384 (May qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan)

If you are aged between 19-23 and you don’t have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels, tuition fees will be waived. If aged 19 or over and do have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels at the start of the course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learning loan.

Learners who take out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for an Access to HE course and subsequently complete a Higher Education course may not have to pay back their Advanced Learner Loan.

Course Code:
Access To Higher Education
Beaufort Road
32 Weeks
Various Days
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.