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 programme provides teaching in biology, psychology and health studies. Typical units include:
The Human Cardiovascular system
Concepts of normality and mental health
Delivery of healthcare in the UK
Ethical dilemmas in health
The Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Professions Access course is designed for people interested in studying vocational courses at university such as Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery or other related Health professions. It is a rounded education split between biology, psychology and health studies. The rationale of the course is to provide the fundamental knowledge and academic skills to succeed in Higher Education.
There are 15 graded units on the course which will be awarded at pass, merit and distinction. The universities will then ask for certain grades to be required for entrance to their course. It is highly recommended that you check with the universities regarding the grades you will require as they differ depending on which course is to be studied. Usually you will need a combination of merits with a number of distinctions to enter university, but the for the Midwifery and Child Nursing courses it is not uncommon to need all Distinctions.
An Access course is designed to provide not just the knowledge, but also the academic skills to succeed at university. The assessments will include exams, assignments, presentation work and other methods that will provide the fundamental, underpinning skills required at university. It is essential that you have a strong interest in Health care and are willing to extend your study of the subject outside of lesson-time.
In addition to the taught sessions you will be given guidance on progression and will receive support applying for university.
You are required to have GCSE’s at C or above in English and Maths. For some university courses such as Midwifery you will also need a Science GCSE at C or above in addition to this
On successful completion of this qualification it is expected that you will progress onto university in a vocational subject from the Health professions.