Access to Higher Education: Nursing and Health Care Professions

Our Nursing and Healthcare Professions Access course prepares you for degree-level study in a variety of Science-related degree courses. You will study Science and Social Sciences units and develop your research skills, ready for your degree.




Level 3

Course Type



Access to HE

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Options Course Code Starts Ends From To Standard Fee Overseas Fee
apply 0452050 20/09/22 23/06/23 09:30 15:00 £3384 £3687

What will I study?

During this year-long course, you will study Science and Social Sciences units and develop your research skills, ready for your chosen degree course. These units will give you the necessary qualification to progress to a degree in Nursing, Midwifery and other healthcare professions. The course is made up of 60 credits, of which 45 are graded, and 15 are un-graded.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

You must hold GCSE English or Maths at C /4 or above and retake the other alongside the Access course if you don’t have both.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by essays, reports, textual analysis, seminar presentations and examinations. You will also submit assignments for each subject unit and complete coursework in the core units.

You will also submit a 5,000-word research project on a subject of your choice, which will form a major part of the overall assessment.

What qualification will I achieve?

Once you have completed this course, you will achieve a Level 3 Access to Higher Eduction Diploma in Nursing and Health Care Professions.

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have finished this course, you can progress onto healthcare-related degree courses at universities across the country. Many of our students go on to local universities, such as the University of Sussex, Brighton and Chichester (guaranteed interviews and guaranteed places are offered for some courses at these universities through the Compact programme).

Are there any extra costs?

There are a few small extra costs associated with this course, as you will need to pay a small fee for your UCAS application to universities, and you may wish to buy some textbooks relating to the A-Level Science syllabus.

Additional Info

This Access Course is 'QAA approved', which means it is validated by LASER Learning Awards (formerly Open College Network). The course is taught on campus, three days a week, between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

We recommend that you check university entry requirements before you apply for this course.